As scores of police officers, supervisors, and union officials are investigated for fixing tickets in the Bronx, the Sergeants Benevolent Association — the union for 12,000 front-line police supervisors — has started a campaign arguing that the practice, while widespread, is one of courtesy, not corruption, the New York Times reports.
Union president Edward Mullins recorded an audio message calling on current and retired officers to come forward with testimonials about the beneficiaries of ticket-fixing. He expects to find that politicians, prosecutors, clergy members, business leaders, celebrities, athletes, and others have had tickets fixed, often with the help of top police officials. Mullins said his aim was to highlight a culture of courtesy that had been the norm. It could embarrass or implicate public officials or others who asked police to do them a little favor and make a ticket go away