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Seven New York City police were arrested Wednesday as part of a wide gambling and prostitution investigation, several media reported.
According to the New York Post, the research focused on a retired vice detective who operated several brothels in Brooklyn and Queens with his prostitute wife.
WABC-TV reported that the arrested officers — three sergeants, two detectives and two officers — on suspicion of providing protection for the ring.
The Post also reported that the officers of the NYPD internal Affairs Bureau raided the locker of one of the arrested detectives, that was the work of the 72nd Precinct in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
“Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed have felt the consequences of infidelity,” Police Commissioner James O ‘ Neil said in a statement. “The people of this department are held to the highest standard, and they should not, the punishment is quick and severe.”
Internal Affairs began its investigation in 2015 after receiving an anonymous tip from a department and employee.
WABC, citing sources, reported that “a few dozen citizens” were also arrested in connection with the investigation, while the Post puts the number at more than 40.
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