A Cop's Tale. NYPD The Violent Years by Jim O'Neil,Mel Fazzino

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By Jim O'Neil,Mel Fazzino

A Cop's story makes a speciality of big apple City's so much violent and corrupt years, the 1960's to early 1980's. Jim O'Neil - a former NYPD cop - promises an extraordinary examine the emblem of legislation enforcement that ended Frank Lucas' grip at the Harlem drug alternate, his cracking open of the Black Liberation military case, and his adventure because the first cop at the scene on the "Dog Day Afternoon" financial institution theft.

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To be considered for the TPF you had to be over six feet tall, in great physical condition, have above average intelligence, and be highly motivated. ” A contract is police jargon for you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. If you do something for someone and then you need a favor at a later date you call in the contract and collect your favor. No one was going to put in a contract for me but I did meet the elite TPF criteria, so I volunteered and two weeks later I was interviewed by the commanding officer of the TPF, Inspector Michael J.

Between the three TPF squads and the captain we must have gotten off three hundred rounds within ninety seconds, before restoring peace to the area. ” He took off at a trot and we stayed close on his tail. As we got closer we passed the precinct cops who were pulled back out of range of all the flying debris. The main riot was in the business district on Fulton, almost exclusively one-story storefronts. There must have been four thousand rioters concentrated on one block. It was wall-to-wall chaos, with looting everywhere.

Experience taught me best and my first arrest, while still at the academy, opened my eyes to the way things really worked. At the end of April 1963, Danny Mazza, a friend of mine and a fellow rookie cop, said he had some information on a guy selling tons of illegal fireworks near the Cross Island Parkway in Rosedale, Queens. When we found the guy he was selling out of a station wagon loaded with fireworks from floor to ceiling. We bought some, and as soon as money went from our pockets to his hands, we cuffed him.

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