Frank Serpico joins forces with whistleblower suing NYPD for $50 million
BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PUBLISHED: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013, 7:04 PM
UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013, 2:00 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Officer Adrian Schoolcraft is suing the NYPD after police allegedly dragged him off to a mental hospital after he accused them of fudging crime stats. Serpico, 76, was credited with exposing corruption inside the NYPD in the 1970s.
Two whistleblowers are better than one.
Frank Serpico has joined the legal team of Officer Adrian Schoolcraft, a cop suing the NYPD for $50 million after police allegedly dragged him off to a mental hospital after he accused them of fudging crime stats.
“This is the way they do it,” Serpico told The News. “They make you a psycho and everything you do gets discounted. But I told Adrian just to tell the truth as he knows it and to be himself. When you tell the truth, they can't do a damn thing to you.”
Serpico, 76, was credited with exposing corruption inside the NYPD. He testified in front of the Knapp Commission in 1971 and retired the following year. His career was captured on the big screen in the 1973 movie “Serpico,” starring Al Pacino as the Brooklyn-born cop.