Wiretap recordings at the heart of New York City’s police ticket-fixing probe captured conversations rife with racist and inflammatory remarks, reports the New York Daily News. “There’s overtly racist language,” said one source. “And it gets a lot worse than that.” The shocking language could cause the scandal to spiral far beyond the 17 cops already indicted, tainting cases of hundreds of officers caught on tape, legal experts said. “If a Bronx jury hears a cop call someone a n—-r or an animal, everything else they say goes out the window,” said lawyer with a client arrested by a cop implicated in the scandal.
The Bronx investigation – which began as a probe into a cop suspected of drug ties – quickly grew as officers were caught on tape discussing fixing tickets and other wrongdoing, prosecutors have alleged. Seventeen cops – many of them union delegates – were indicted on Friday. Dozens of others will likely face departmental charges. The tapes could turn up in both internal hearings and the trials of the indicted officers. The recordings could later be used up in other cases involving any of the officers to question their credibility.