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May 4, 2005
Gives New Meaning to "Rent A Cop"
Missed this one a couple weeks back: NYPost report that two New York cops are under Internal Affairs (IA) investigation for allegedly taking payoffs from the Cartel for busting vendors of pirated DVDs. Isn't this what organized crime does? Call up the cops and tip them off to your rivals' activities, then the cops swoop in and make arrests. All legal, except that it seems afterward some cash might have changed hands - a definite no-no.
The MPAA claims it doesn't make such payoffs, and the likeliest candidate for getting shoved under this IA bus are the "independent" investigators hired by the Cartel. Many of these investigators are ex-cops themselves so it's natural they'd tip off their buddies still on the force. The pivotal question will be whether they or IA can show someone told them to make payoffs.
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