Flashback: Serpico

The NYPD has gone through some grueling corruption scandals in its long history. One that became a major motion picture in the 1970s centered on Frank Serpico, an officer who exposed rampant misconduct and became a hero to some, a pariah to others. The Village Voice has reprinted an epic open letter from Serpico, published in 1975, in which he responded to fans and critics, described his life in exile, and contrasted real professional policing with what he encountered in New York.

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