Every member of the NYPD is given 30 cards every year that they can give out to friends and family, known as “get out of jail free” cards. If you get pulled over, you show them the card that says you’re a friend of the union and in most cases, they’ll let you go. Now they’re reducing that number to 20 and the cops are outraged.
Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association boss Pat Lynch slashed the maximum number of cards that could be issued to current cops from 30 to 20, and to retirees from 20 to 10, sources told The Post.
The cards are often used to wiggle out of minor trouble such as speeding tickets, the theory being that presenting one suggests you know someone in the NYPD.The rank and file is livid.
“They are treating active members like s–t, and retired members even worse than s–t,” griped an NYPD cop who retired on disability. “All the cops I spoke to were . . . very disappointed they couldn’t hand them out as Christmas gifts.”
You know what I never want to hear one single word about from an NYPD officer: The “rule of law.” Remember Rudy Giuliani’s broken window policing theory, that you had to bust everyone for even the most minor offenses in order to send a message to those who might commit greater crimes that they’re going to be caught because the police are always watching and ready to bust them. Not one damn word about that ever again, NYPD cops. You don’t believe in the rule of law, you only believe in the rule of law for those you aren’t friends with or related to.
Those cards should be outlawed, and any officer who is found to have gone easy on someone because they’re related to or know them or another cop, not arresting them for something they would arrest anyone else for, should be fired immediately and with extreme prejudice.