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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 07:53 PM

This guy died a couple weeks ago and no one noticed. That's a shame.

Genuine hero from my youth in NYC. Manning and Ellsberg had/have guts to take on the US military. But frankly, going up against the corruption of the entire NYPD ... plus the NYC political establishment ... was probably even more hazardous to one's health.

He did it anyway.




http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/nyregion/david-durk-detective-who-exposed-police-corruption-dies-at-77.html?_r=0




David Durk, a New York police detective who with Officer Frank Serpico shattered the infamous blue wall of silence to expose widespread corruption in the city’s Police Department in the 1960s and ’70s, died on Tuesday at his home in Putnam County, N.Y. He was 77.



The cause was cardiac arrest, his wife, Arlene, said. He had been treated for mesothelioma for the past two years, she said.

An Amherst College graduate who studied law at Columbia University, Mr. Durk joined the Police Department in 1963. He imagined a life of public service, as he put it rosily years later, to help “an old lady walk the streets safely” and “a storekeeper make a living without keeping a shotgun under his cash register.”

But what he found was a culture of corruption: of officers and superiors taking payoffs from gamblers, drug dealers, merchants and mobsters for protection and information, like the names of informers they wanted to kill; of officers stealing and dealing drugs, riding shotgun for pushers and intimidating witnesses.

In precinct after precinct, Mr. Durk found cash “pads” — lists of payoffs from gamblers — with shares for officers, sergeants and higher-ups. And behind the corruption, he discovered, was a litany of unwritten rules amounting to a pervasive acceptance of the wrongdoing, even among those not on the take — a code of silence, called the blue wall, which was corroding morale.

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Reply This guy died a couple weeks ago and no one noticed. That's a shame. (Original post)
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 OP
Octafish Nov 2012 #1
Kaleva Nov 2012 #2
Historic NY Nov 2012 #3
secondvariety Nov 2012 #4
KT2000 Nov 2012 #5
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 #7
jtuck004 Nov 2012 #6
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #8
blackspade Nov 2012 #9
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #10
Hissyspit Nov 2012 #11
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 #12
Kennah Nov 2012 #14
niyad Nov 2012 #13
Kennah Nov 2012 #15
saidsimplesimon Dec 2012 #16
Zorra Dec 2012 #17
October Dec 2012 #18
xxqqqzme Dec 2012 #19
Smarmie Doofus Dec 2012 #21
bananas Dec 2012 #20

Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:09 PM

1. Mr. Durk was a man with integrity.

Thank you for posting important information about his life and the sad news about his passing, Smarmie Dufus.

NYPD was so corrupt, it was systemic. While many good officers have given their lives in the line of duty and today fill the ranks, I am saddened to see how one particular officer who rose to the top post-September 11 was so connected to the nation's Get-Out-of-Jail Free Class.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:13 PM

2. Rec'd Thanks for posting this.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:43 PM

3. K&R..

RIP Sgt Durk

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:54 PM

4. He was one of the good guys...

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:59 PM

5. I did see this and

I wondered at the time if there are any more like him.
I have huge respect for those few who break the special interest walls whether it is the blue wall (police), white wall (doctors) or any powerful racket that serves itself illegally.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:27 PM

7. Me too.

It's hard enough for most of us to stand up alone against conventional wisdom/morality on relatively minor issues, so that when people like Durk put ... not only their careers, not only their livelihoods.... bit also their *lives* at stake it is something to take notice of and to CONTEMPLATE.

Not many of us have that kind of integrity; and if we do , still fewer of us have that kind of GUTS.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:21 PM

6. K&R. thank you. n/t

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:30 PM

8. RIP. A life well served. Hope his family finds peace.... nt

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:38 PM

9. Interesting

And behind the corruption, he discovered, was a litany of unwritten rules amounting to a pervasive acceptance of the wrongdoing, even among those not on the take — a code of silence, called the blue wall, which was corroding morale.


Things certainly haven't changed except that now the badge criminals have assault weapons and body armor.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:15 PM

10. Impressive Public Servant. Too bad he was not appreciated more while he worked. nt

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:56 PM

11. I think...

his character in the movie was the one played by Tony Roberts:




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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #11)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:04 PM

12. Correct. He was called something else, though.

I'm not sure what that was about, but apparently Durk's name was fictionalized to something else in the Serpico book. Perhaps a difference of opinion re. sequence of events, etc. Or possibly a personal falling out.

A book written from Durk's POV came later.

Here: http://www.amazon.com/Crusader-Hell-Raising-Police-Career-Detective/dp/product-description/0394576489

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:32 PM

14. In the movie, which followed the book pretty spot on, a number of characters had fictional names.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:24 PM

13. k and r

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 11:34 PM

15. A true hero is gone. RIP, good sir.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 01:51 PM

16. Smarmie, someone should write a book on how to expose corruption

without such personal sacrifice. Not everyone enjoys the protection of the media and law enforcement. I don't think Watergate would have been exposed, if the "boys" had not sworn a vow of silence.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:01 PM

17. K&R nt

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 03:39 PM

18. I just watched that GREAT film a week ago.

Amazing story.

I watch Treme, on HBO, and part of the storyline is similar to the Serpico story -- except that it takes place in New Orleans (post-Katrina).

Thank you for posting.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 04:25 PM

19. It brings to mind -

the destruction of unions, gutting of pensions and declining/stagnant earnings is paving the way for corruption to once again be the rule not exception.


Much respect to Mr Durk. Thank you.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #19)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 08:05 PM

21. You are READING my mind.

I keep telling people that in education teachers MUST have unions if they are going to be effective advocates for kids against the predations of the public school systems. The same principle holds true for police ( obviously) and other occupations.

Not everyone is a Durk or Serpico. Or Ellsberg. Or Manning.

They need job protection: specifically due process protection against arbitrary dismissal.

People have to eat. They have to feed their families. That imperative always trumps free speech and "doing the right thing".

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sat Dec 1, 2012, 07:01 PM

20. k&r nt

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