Serpico subpoened to support Schoolcraft’s case v NYPD

The Times article (with a glamorous picture of Frank Serpico — I’ve always thought he was devastatingly attractive), by Corey Kilgannon, begins thusly:

In the four decades since New York City formed the Knapp Commission to investigate sweeping charges of corruption in the Police Department, Frank Serpico, the police officer whose complaints led to the commission, has had no real contact with city or police officials.

For most of the past few years, Mr. Serpico has been living in a remote, single-room cabin in upstate New York.

But on Friday, Mr. Serpico, 77, opened his post office box in Stuyvesant, N.Y., to find a subpoena that will pull him into another whistle-blowing scandal involving the New York Police Department.

“I thought it was my Medal of Honor certificate, which I’ve been requesting for years,” said Mr. Serpico, who was awarded the medal after being shot in 1971 during a drug arrest in a Brooklyn building in which fellow officers did not provide immediate backup or medical help.

Instead the letter ordered him to turn over any documents or materials he might possess related to the trial of a city police officer, Adrian Schoolcraft, 38, who is suing the city in connection with an episode in 2009 that resulted in Mr. Schoolcraft’s being forcibly hospitalized and suspended from the force.

I noted Schoolcraft’s case when it was first publicized, and then again when Serpico’s name and advisory capacity were mentioned. Today, I’m following up.


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