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They Wished They Were Honest – The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption - Columbia Scholarship Online
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They Wished They Were Honest: The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption

Michael Armstrong


For two years the author was chief counsel to the Knapp Commission, investigating cops. Based on the author's recollections of this watershed moment in law enforcement accountability—prompted by the report on whistleblower cop Frank Serpico—this book recreates the struggles and significance of the Commission and explores the factors that led to its success and the restoration of the NYPD's public image. Serpico's charges against the NYPD encouraged Mayor John Lindsay to appoint Whitman Knapp to chair a Citizen's Commission on police graft. Chief Counsel Armstrong cobbled together an investigat ... More

Keywords: Knapp Commission, law enforcement accountability, Frank Serpico, whistleblower, NYPD, police investigative strategy, police anticorruption, police criminality, police training

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153546
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Armstrong, author