Whistleblowing New York City detective
November 17, 2012 2:00AM
FILE - This 1970 file photo shows retired New York City Police Detective David Durk. Durk, who teamed up with fellow officer Frank Serpico to fight police corruption in the 1960’s and ‘70’s, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at his home in Putnam County, N.Y. He was 77. (AP File Photo)
Updated: December 19, 2012 1:14PM
NEW YORK — A New York City detective who helped expose widespread police corruption in the 1960s and ’70s has died.
David Durk died Tuesday at his home in Putnam County, N.Y., at age 77.
Mr. Durk teamed up with fellow officer Frank Serpico to fight the so-called blue wall of silence that protected police misconduct.
After their efforts resulted in front-page newspaper stories, Mayor John V. Lindsay appointed a panel to investigate charges of police corruption.
The Knapp Commission was named after its chairman, Whitman Knapp. It heard testimony from Mr. Durk, Serpico and others and recommended reforms.
Mr. Durk was promoted to lieutenant and stayed in the department for more than a decade.
Serpico’s story was turned into a movie.