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Friday, November 1,5, 1974

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

. , Hoge 5eve

Friday, November 1 5, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page beve

Serpico:
By HUGH MULLIGAN a "Voun
AP Special Correspondent "HEY,
HAARLEM, NETHERLANDS 'e la'ie-
(A)-Frank Serpico, the lonely E ropea
crusader who helped expose is police
widespread graft in the New the job,
York City police department, and ten
gazed out the cafe window at custom
two long-haired Dutch cops go- ed as a
ing by in a mini squad car. ' Brooklyn
The one next to the driver A hor
was a lady cop, blonde and cascade
pretty, cobblest
"HAPPY AS larks," observed pico's m
the former plainclothesman ed at a
whose fight against police pay- English
offs and official cover-ups shook true fri
the administration of Mayor
John Lindsay and became a best
selling book and hit movie.
"Cops over here are respected. Com
They relate to the people. They arn' pltigwystPu o
in jail to meet arrest quotas. ed. I
"Policemen in Switzerland
are even listed in the phone book alwa
so someone in trouble can call
them up at home. In New York m et
it's still a big deal getting them
to live inside the city limits.
Here cops on the beat can wear
long hair, beards, earrings, any-
thing they like.";
Serpico, known to prostitutes
in the other Harlem as "The Out the
Beard," studied his own collar- "A gr
length hair and neat spade it with
beard in the mirror. He tugged a tip
the gold earring in his good called hi
ear and ordered up a genever, his Gre
bors kn
FOR
Com___ __on ;now, Ser
exile ab
on the m
self and
Clx at the
Cause e
fie have
He wa
hits Eseh doca to
end up
(Continued from Page 1 River"
against
COHEN also requested that on the to
the advertisement not be used Six mo
again. But the day before the a key
election, it was run in the Ann trial of
Arbor News. denied t
Controversy has surrounded lars in
the origin of the letter appear- in the
ing in the advertisement. Re- narcotic
gional Common Cause Coordi- ho" Ech(
nator John Hathaway, a long the shoo
time Republican, wrote the -
letter on October 21 to thank
Esch for supporting campaign SP
finance legislation considered,
by the House two months ear-
Hathaway was criticized by a k
the national Common Cause di-
rectors for sending out the let-
ter just before the election. He
will be replaced in his volun- M
tdry position next January.

Looking for an

g" Holland gin. escape the nightmare suspicion
YOU know something," that he had been "set up"-that
hed. "I never caught a the promised job had been done.
i cop cooping." Cooping SERPICO STOOD apart in
slang for sleeping on the ranks of the New York
in school boiler rooms police department, the nation's
nements basements-a largest, as one of the few of-
Serpico early encounter- I ficers ever to report corruption
rookie cop in his native and then voluntarily take the
n. stand against crooked cops. For
se-drawn barrel organ breaking the unwritten precinct
d a waltz across the house law that in effect puts
one square where Ser- cops above the law, he was
obile camper was park-;j shunned and hated by his fellow
meter. Alfie his shaggy 'officers and written off as a
sheep dog and "only "psycho" by his superiors.
Mend" peered patiently Four years had gone by since
)s over here (in Holland) are respect-
'hey relate to the people. They aren't
ys plotting ways to put you in jail to
t arrest quotas."
-Frank Serpico, circa 1974
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tions, the police commissioner
resigned, the department was
reorganized and its rules re-
vamped, holding field command-
ers responsible for the conduct
of their men. Precinct captains
I were banished to the sticks and
there was an exodus of retiring
top brass.
WALKING THE streets of the
old Haarlem, which long ago
gave its name to the New York
ghetto, Frank Serpico, now 38:
and retired on a disability pen-
sion, tries as much as he can:
!to forget the past and live in the
present.
Always a loner, The Beard'
abroad has become even "more
radicalized, more anti-establsh-
ment' than in the days when his
hippie clothes, bushy hair and
swinging Greenwich Village life-
style made other cops suspi-
cious of him. He was a crack
shot and a karate expert, but
he didn't "belong to the club."
He liked ballet and opera, kept
T.S. Eliot's poems in his locker
and, he laughs, "didn't stash
money in mason jars out in the
back yard to avoid embarras-
sing bank accounts."

nswer
every homosexual is a creep,
even though he pays taxes and
has rights and gets robbed like
other people."
FROM HIS book and movie
royalties, Serpico dreams out
loud of "setting up a fund for
cops in trouble," and asking
Ramsey Clark, who represented
him without fee before the
Knapp Commission, recommend
someone to administer it." Ser-
pico went back to America last
June to place Clark's name in
nomination for the U.S. Senate
at the New York State Demo-
cratic convention.
He has since lost interest in
politics and "worries more
about animals than people." lHe
worries about the swans dying
in Holland's polluted canals and
drives around feeding whole~
wheat bread to the ducks "in-
stead of that white flour slop."
His favorite song is still "To -
Dream the Impossible Dream."
The lamp shade on his desk .
shows the New York skyline
at night and the Brooklyn Bridge
stretching a necklace of lights
over the East River. But his
vagabond life is bounded by
"Obelix," his pet mouse and
the ever vigilant Alfie.
Paco considered the imme-
diate future. "Maybe Morocco
next or Italy-it all depends on
the quarantine regulations for
Alfie."

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eat watchdog . . . does
radar," he said, leaving
for the waitress. She
him "Paco," the name
eenwich Village neigh-
ew him by.
MORE than two years
rpico has been in self-
road almost constantly
nove, trying to find him-
maybe-he smiles wan-
ae suggestion-trying to
nebody. Both he and Al-
trouble sleeping.
as warned, he testified
t, they were going to
)b" onhim and he could
"face down in the East
for giving evidence
fellow plainclothesmen
ake from gamblers.
onths after appearing as
witness at the perjury
a plainclothesman who
aking thousands of dol-
graft Serpico was shot
face while making a
s arrest. Edgar "Mam-
hevaria was arrested for
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a cop on riot duty in Brooklyn'The dust has settled now, and
handed him an envelope con- ever crooked co he testified
taming $300 with the words "It's against has served his sentence
from Jewish Max." It had been and gone free. Serpico wonders
more than three years since he if he would do it all over again.
tried to get high administration
officials interested in the exist- "DARE I disturb the Uni-
ence of a "pad}" an organized' verse?' he quoted his favorite
system of bribes from numbers Eliot poem, "The Lovesong of
operators that was netting dis- Alfred Prufrock."
honest cops $80 a month in the A black man wheeled a bi-
south Bronx division to which cycle along the canal bank,
he was assigned. singing a calypso song in the
Frustrated at departmental high-pitched accept of the Dutch
foot dragging, Serpico at last West Indies.
took his story to The New York "No one will hassle him here,"
Times. The resulting newspaper ' Paco said. "When I was as-,
series caused a sensation. In signed in Harlem, the police
the fallout of related events, the were always abusing the
embarrassed mayor appointed people's rights, stopping them
the independent Knapp Commis- and searching for evidence of
sion to investigate police cor- God knows what. In the police
ruption. Amid a welter of in-! mentality, they're all no-good
dictments and federal investiga- I bums living off the state. Like

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