BUSTED

Seven NYPD Cops Arrested in Connection to Prostitution Ring

Seven NYPD cops were arrested Wednesday over their alleged involvement in a prostitution and gambling ring, The Daily Beast can confirm. A senior law-enforcement official told the Beast that those arrested include two detectives, two police officers, and three sergeants, along with “dozens” of civilians. Two additional officers were not arrested but have been placed on desk duty as part of the probe, sources said. The seven arrested officers, who have been placed on desk duty and stripped of their guns and badges, allegedly provided protection as part of the ring, according to multiple law-enforcement sources. The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau began investigating the ring in April 2015, after receiving a tip from a member of the service, the sources added. The Queens District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case. “Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed it have felt the consequences of that infidelity,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement. “The people of this Department are rightly held to the highest standard, and should they fail to meet it, the penalty will be swift and severe.”

- Pervaiz Shallwani