Sixteen New York City police officers were charged today in nearly two dozen indictments with roughly 1,600 criminal counts, including hundreds of instances in which 10 of the officers allegedly fixed traffic tickets. Six other officers were accused of engaging in a wide variety of corruption crimes, reports the New York Times.
The charges are the result of a long-running grand jury investigation into the fixing of tickets for colleagues, family members and friends. They are also the latest scandal for the NYPD, which has in recent weeks seen officers charged with gun smuggling, and narcotics busts where evidence was planted on suspects to boost arrest numbers.
The 16 officers indicted on Friday included an internal affairs lieutenant and two sergeants. Several are high-ranking union leaders with the Patrolman's Benevolent Association.
Officer Eugene P. O'Reilly, 39, a union delegate in the 45th Precinct, in the Bronx, was named in the most counts, over 250, and was also charged with forgery.