Author: Russ W. Baker

  • Thugs in Blue

    THE BEAT GOES ON … AND ON Once Again, Police Pummel a Plan for Reform Last Wednesday, an enormous mob surged out of control, menaced citizens, pushed through police lines onto city hall steps, and blocked traffic on Broadway and the Brooklyn Bridge. But uniformed cops stood by, smiling—for the maraud­ers were fellow cops, thousands […]

  • Rogue Police Union: The PBA’s Bloated Overhead

    1993 Village Voice article by Russ Baker about corruption in the NYPD's Patrolman's Benevolent Association

    The PBA’s Bloated Overhead December 7, 1993 THROUGHOUT THE Watergate scandal, the operative phrase was follow the money, an axiom that also serves the PBA story. In 1991, the PBA raised more than $7 million in dues from its members, while four distinct but affiliated PBA funds took in many millions more from New York […]

  • Rogue Police Union: Nassau’s GOP Affirmative Action Machine

    Nassau’s GOP Affirmative Action Machine December 7, 1988 NASSAU COUNTY abounds in poor role models, and Richard Hartman, a lawyer on the make, found more than his fair share. Take his first two bosses, for instance. Fresh out of law school, Hartman clerked for Judge Floyd Sarisohn. A few years after Hartman left that job, […]

  • The Rogue Police Union

    1993 Village Voice article by Russ Baker about corruption in the NYPD's Patrolman's Benevolent Association

    Corruption is the tone you set at the top. — Rudolph Giuliani, September 9, policy speech THE MOLLEN Commission hearings that concluded October 7 filled pages of newsprint and hours of TV, forcing New Yorkers once again to wonder just how high up police corruption might reach. Cocaine-riddled cops, blue-uniformed sadists, and see-no-evil superiors confessed […]