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“I hear from police officers all the time; they contact me,” Serpico reported in 2010. “An honest cop still can’t find a place to go and complain without fear of recrimination. The blue wall will always be there because the system supports it.”

Frank Serpico Uncovered NYPD Corruption So Startling, His Own Colleagues Nearly Let Him Die

After he revealed deep corruption in his precinct and called for a crackdown, Serpico was shot in the face during an arrest and nearly left for dead by his backup officers.