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The New Graft(It Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Graft)

30 Jun

In other times, Graft was a more Individual form of Corruption. It is a variant of Nonfeasance, that is, not performing a certain duty. But, Graft did allow for Personal Benefit, especially to “Look The Other Way”, because it is profitable to do so. One former NYPD Chief of Department once bought a Major League Baseball Club, with a Partner, calling the former Baltimore Orioles, the Highlanders, who played in a ballpark in Upper Manhattan called Hilltop Park. The Highlanders are now called The NY Yankees.
Graft was a very open thing until something called The Knapp Commission came along. One learned about an Honest Cop named Frank Serpico and a Crooked One named William Phillips Jr.. Then, Law Enforcement Profession Graft disappeared, supposedly.
But, it was OVERT Graft which disappeared. There is a thriving kind of Graft which exists COVERTLY. It consists of Cunning, Barrister School Graduates who passed the NY State Bar Examination.
In one such NYC Agency, a Director of Legal Division, called Chief Counsel, came up with a System on what language to put onto ECB Summonses. All of the Language was vague and confusing. That Chief Counsel left to start a Legal Practice to defend Clients who received these Vaguely Written Summonses. That guy made a nice dollar on his system. And so did those who wrote the summonses, as the summonses bounced like Super Balls.
But, two Serpico Types, one of whom wrote the Antidote to this system and the other, who presented it to 1 Police Plaza at a Compstat Meeting, were not popular with those who benefitted from passing bad paper.
The Agency feared the Antidote to the System which lined personal pockets. The Agency feared that the Reputation of The Agency was about to unravel. Actually, it did every time a conviction was made.

You see, the Barrister’s System saw to it that NYPD Officers on Vendor Units made motherlodes of Overtime for Crappy Work. Investigators from the Agency, also got fat paychecks from Overtime for passing this Dubious Paper. And there are the ones who sucked up to bosses who liked this system. For you see, THIS IS THE NOUVEAU GRAFT, which on the surface, looks like an Honest Day’s Work, but is not even close to it. Instead it is legally sanctioned Thievery.
The New Graft is a TEAM Thing, as Everyone on the Unit is expected to keep quiet and go along with this.
Unit Bosses reported upstairs on the huge productivity numbers, hiding all the negatives like how many summonses were dismissed.

But, with two Senior Investigators winning in Court, plans for destroying the two Senior Investigators were underway. Both were blacklisted in the Agency, Connivers were rewarded for being “Team Players”(Like the 1919 Chicago White Sox as their Model).

One of the Seniors died some years ago. I am the other Senior, currently Semi Retired on Disability. These Rascals saw to it that I couldn’t give a Deposition on two Rabbis under Federal Investigation, for fear of certain Bosses who were involved in the sabotage of another investigation which I had spearheaded, that these bosses string of Dishonesty would be discovered. These Rascals forced me onto “Sick Leave” so that these Rascals could continue to play whatever “Games” of Ill Gotten Gains would suit them.

But, one thing is that my conscience is clear and I can sleep nights.

And I do ask this question:
Are these People looking over their shoulders?
They, most likely, still are. Grafters always do.

M  

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