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Frank Serpico
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    (April 14, 1934- )
    Former New York City Cop (March 6, 1960-June 15, 1972)/Whistleblower
    He originally saw police officers accepting bribes/kickbacks/payoffs and did nothing. He finally told some of his superiors of widespread police corruption, but they transferred him to other precincts.
    He was not persuasive, not get anyone in authority, including the mayor of NYC, to help him.
    He made a lot of enemies among cops.
    He was an honest cop who had scruples.
    He testified before a Grand Jury on police corruption. Nothing came of it and he was transferred (1968).
    He went to the New York Times that ran his story as 'GRAFT PAID TO POLICE HERE. SAID TO RUN INTO MILLIONS' (April 25, 1970).
    He receiving death threats from some very corruptible people.
    He grew his hair and beard long and unkempt to do undercover 'street person' assignments.
    During a drug bust he was shot in the face, when his partner refused to help (February 3, 1971).
    As a result of the shooting he has permanent loss of hearing in his left ear. It is believed the shooting was a police setup to get rid of him, he retired after getting out of the hospital.
    He relocated to the Netherlands and got married, when his wife died of cancer, he returned to America.
    The book 'Serpico' by Peter Maas and movie starring Al Pacino was about his ordeal (1973).
    Research: Tim Howard
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