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The Dirty Thirty - 30th precinct - Untold Story

The Full Story

The Dirty Thirty is an hour-long series based on the true story of the largest corruption scandal in the history of the New York City Police Department. Written both as a period and modern day piece. The actual events led to the arrest of 33 police officers on charges of robbery, extortion, civil rights conspiracy, assault, narcotics distribution, grand larceny, tax evasion, and perjury. These officers were infamously tagged by local and national press outlets as “The Dirty Thirty.”

The Dirty Thirty - 30th precinct - Untold Story

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Four Safes - Guns, Drugs and money

30th Precinct

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The Dirty Thirty is also a story about bringing a community together. To work as a partnership with the police. Together they helped to bring crime down over fifty percent.

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The 30th Precinct Community Policing Unit!

The NYPD responded by creating a new, specialized unit to work directly with the community and regain their trust. Sergeant Lungaro led this first-ever, proactive Community Policing Unit, a group of select officers who worked hand-in-hand with citizens to combat crime and take down the drug dealers. The Community Policing Unit did not ignore complaints about fellow officers, and they did not back down from the violence on the streets. The result was drastically lowered crime rates in one of the most violent neighborhoods in New York City.

But the story of “The Dirty Thirty” is not just about police corruption. It is the story of what happens when the social order collapses under the weight of politics, race, fear, drug cartels, illegal immigration, the rights of citizens, and the role of law enforcement to protect and serve.
It is the story of the Good Guys going after the Bad Guys. Of how officers react to investigating their own, discovering corruption among their own, and arresting their own—in the biggest, most diverse city in the country. Ultimately, it is the story of a political time bomb that no one wanted to touch.

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Chaos when we started!

As the crime and murder rate continued to soar, residents blamed the local cops, who blamed the politicians, who blamed the district attorney, who blamed the state attorney general, who blamed federal law enforcement, who blamed the local cops. Investigations were launched by every party who could possibly be held accountable—IAB, DEA, NY District Attorney, and the State Attorney General. Because the politics of blame were important to every entity, they never informed each other of their activities; a pattern of one-upmanship that hid the scope of the scandal until it was too late.

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Community Awards In The End.

The Black Ministers of Harlem packed two bus loads of Elementary School kids to the precinct. They brought handmade thank you cards to the 3-0. Thanking the good cops for a job well done with the community. The school kids hung the cards in the open area of the precinct for all to see. There wasn't a dry eye in the place. Afterwards they surprised me and my team with awards.

After retirement. One last job for the community.

After Sergeant Liborio Lungaro's retirement he was called by the community. They wanted to know if he could help an African American mother who's son had been arrested for Murder.

Sergeant Lungaro was hesitant because as he explained to the mother he was the last person she would want to investigate this case because if he found evidence that proved her son had in fact committed the crime he would testify against her son.

The mother believed her son was innocent and said that the community Believed in him.

Sergeant Lungaro called four retired Detectives. One was his brother Charlie who was a NYPD Homicide Detective. They had a round table meeting and reviewed all the evidence, pictures, statements and tapes. 

In the end the young man was acquitted of all crimes.

There was no charge. All of the NYPD personnel agreed. It was the right thing to do.

If they want Criminal Justice Reform. All you need to do is give the defendant the same resources as the District Attorneys Office. Same investigative personnel with the same price tag. It's that simple. Then the playing field would be equal.

The 30th Precinct in the 1990's.