Frank Serpico, the storied cop who launched a campaign with fellow officer David Durk in the 1970s to expose wide-spread NYPD corruption, is living in the upstate woods these days as reported by Larry McShane for the Daily News: "'I would like to be known for having been a human being, but for having taken that responsibility very seriously,' he reflects." When the 77-year-old dies he doesn't want an obituary but just "a stone with a hole in it that will gather water, so the birds could come and drink."
Frank Serpico's fellow crusader David Durk died last month as reported by Robert D. McFadden for The New York Times:
An Amherst College graduate who studied law at Columbia University, Mr. Durk joined the Police Department in 1963. He imagined a life of public service, as he put it rosily years later, to help "an old lady walk the streets safely" and "storekeeper make a living without keeping a shotgun under his cash register." But what he found was a culture of corruption: of officers and superiors taking payoffs from gamblers, drug dealers, merchants and mobsters for protection and information, like the names of informers they wanted to kill; of officers stealing and dealing drugs, riding shotgun for pushers and intimidating witnesses.
Real cops turn in dirty cops. Get it? Got it? Good!
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