New York City has agreed to pay $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over the 1986 murder of Nicholas Guido who was gunned down on Christmas Day in a case of mistaken identity by Lucchese hitmen acting on bad information from so-called Mafia cops Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News: "Guido was a 26-year-old telephone installer when he was gunned down outside his Park Slope home while showing off his brand new car to his uncle."
Eppolito and Caracappa were convicted in 2006 for multiple murders on behalf of Lucchese crime family underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, and last year Brooklyn federal judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled that wrongful death lawsuits against the city by the victims' families may go to trial because "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 Dearier 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 Mafia cops are serving life sentences.