MPAA Investigated for Payoff of NY Cops

By Jon Newton 4/24/05

As we’ve pointed out a number of times, many, if not most, of the pseudo cops working for the entertainment industry are ex-police officers, with all that implies.

Now, “Two NYPD veterans are being investigated by Internal Affairs for allegedly accepting payoffs from the motion-picture industry to arrest vendors of pirated DVDs,” law-enforcement sources have told the New York Post.

“One officer, a sergeant on the force since 1992, has been transferred from the Staten Island Task Force to the 122nd Precinct pending the internal investigation. The other, a cop for five years, still works on the task force.”

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The two NYPD cops would arrest the sellers of illegal DVDs and confiscate their stock, the Post story goes on to say and, “Often they would act on tips from investigators with the Motion Picture Association of America, many of whom are former cops, sources said.

“There is nothing improper about that practice. But on at least four occasions in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island, the task force officers arrested the vendors, confiscated the illegal movies and then allegedly received gratuities of several hundred dollars from the MPAA itself or its investigators, the source said.”

Ousmane Zango was killed by New York city police in May, 2003, during a raid on a warehouse which allegedly stored counterfeit CDs.

The Staten Island Task Force was behind the raid.

But none of this should surprise anyone.

It’s routine for the entertainment industry and associated cartels to use national police forces around the world as tax-payer funded commercial enforcers.


Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.


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