New York City police officers indicted in a ticket-fixing scandal rejected plea deals, opting to fight for their acquittals – and their pensions, the New York Daily News reports. Prosecutors and attorneys for some of the 17 officers engaged in lengthy negotiations before the offers were turned down. The accused cops were offered misdemeanor plea deals, but chose trials after learning the guilty pleas came without guarantees of collecting their city pensions.
Word of the possible plea deals leaked one day after a Bronx grand jury indicted the 17 officers on charges ranging from bribery to perjury to official misconduct. More than 500 cops were tied to the NYPD’s biggest scandal in two decades as it stretched from the streets of the Bronx to police headquarters. The indicted officers were expected to surrender and make their initial court appearances this week.