NYPD Detective Stephen Caracappa who was convicted in 2006 with his partner Louis Eppolito for multiple murders on the orders of Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso "died at a medical detention facility in Butner, North Carolina on April 8" as reported by the New York Post: "it wasn' t clear what caused his death, though Caracappa has battled cancer in the past." Good riddance to bad trash.
New York Cty has paid out nearly $20 million to settle wrongful death actions brought by the surviving family members of the Mafia cop hits. Brooklyn federal judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled in 2014 that "there was evidence to suggest the rubouts would not have occurred had Eppolito been kicked off the force or disciplined after he was 'caught red-handed' passing confidential police records to a mobster in 1984" as reported by Frank Donnelly for the Staten Island Advance:
The failure to discipline a detective who colludes with organized crime plainly courts the risk that that detective will do so again," wrote Dearie. "And it is likewise obvious that collusion between a police detective and organized crime might well lead, as it did in these cases, to unconstitutional harm to members of the public."
Apparently in the mid-1980s the NYPD under Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward was not terribly interested in holding its dirty cops to account according to a 1994 report by the Mullen Commission, and in his court opinion Judge Dearie wrote:
It [the report] describes a conscious desire among the "top brass" of the NYPD, including Commissioner Ward, to avoid disclosing corruption or disciplining corrupt officers in order to protect the NYPD's reputation. Based on the report, a jury could reasonably conclude that Ward and other high-level officials were deliberately indifferent to this widespread and persistent practice of tolerating police corruption.
The FBI and federal prosecutors took responsibility to target organized crime with the 1970 passage by Congress of The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act after concluding that the NYPD and local law enforcement authorities were too corrupt to do anything.
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