Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Look Back At Retired NYPD Detective Frank Serpico

I interviewed Frank Serpico this morning.

Serpico, of course, is the retired NYPD detective who made headlines and enemies combating police corruption in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. 

He later received even greater fame when there was a book and film made of his life, called Serpico. 

Al Pacino portrayed Frank Serpico in the film and Serpico told me this morning that his friends noted that Pacino "was more me than me."

My Q & A with Frank Serpico will be posted here in the near future.

In 2010 Corey Kilgannon wrote an interesting piece about Serpico in the New York Times.

This is the man whose long and loud complaining about widespread corruption in the New York Police Department made him a pariah on the force. The patrolman shot in the face during a 1971 drug bust while screaming for backup from his fellow officers, who then failed to immediately call for an ambulance. The undaunted whistle-blower whose testimony was the centerpiece of the Knapp Commission hearings, which sparked the biggest shakeup in the history of the department.

You can read the rest of the story via the below link:

You can also watch a video of Frank Serpico via the below link:

You can also watch the Serpico film's trailer via the link below:

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