A Bronx, N.Y., grand jury investigating police officers suspected of helping other officers' friends and relatives avoid paying traffic tickets is expected to issue criminal charges in the coming weeks against more than a dozen officers — a considerable number, but significantly fewer than originally anticipated, reports the New York Times. The inquiry, which has cast a pall over the police department for five months, took an unsettling turn yesterday when a police officer who had testified before a grand jury touched the rail of an elevated train track in an apparent suicide attempt.
The officer had received immunity for his testimony before the grand jury and was not going to face criminal charges. The episode seemed to illustrate the severe strain that the investigation had placed on some veteran officers, who could suddenly find their careers facing ruin and their reputations threatened. Prosecutors have been presenting evidence about a culture in the department of ticket-fixing. The investigation is expected to result in charges against more than a dozen police officers.