Monday, May 16, 2005

Be a Dirty Cop, Get a Book Deal!

I don't quite know what to make of the claims made by former NYPD officer Robert Cea in his new book, "No Lights, No Sirens." According to this NY Daily News write-up, Cea claims to have routinely broken the law in his 12 years on the force. In addition to playing Russian roulette with suspects and cooking meth for informants, he claims to have "testilied" in 100 of the 500 felony arrests he made as an officer. Not surprisingly, the NYPD brass, denies his claims, pointing out that since he is an admitted liar, he can't be believed. (Why doesn't that argument ever work for me about undercover officers?!?) I'm willing to bet there is at least an element of truth to what Cea is saying, but it pisses me off that he does it in a book he's going to make money from. Doesn't New York have a law that prevents people from profiting from crimes by selling their story through books or movies? If so, why doesn't it apply to this guy? Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to see the information get out there where, hopefully, defense attorneys may be able to use it to correct some of these injustices. But, if this guy is so guilt-ridden about his conduct, why isn't he doing something to actually rectify it instead of just using it to sell a book?


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