NYPD Blue Lies was recently featured in the Village Voice. Here's a snippet from their article:
There's a tough new book out about the NYPD during the Giuliani era, and it's not about how great the Compstat program worked.
NYPD Blue Lies: The Shocking True Story of Racism, Corruption, Cover-ups and Murder in the NYPD is the understated title of ex-police sergeant Charles Castro's tale about how his dreams of being a hero cop went sour in a department where who you knew was more important than what you did.
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When a New York senator was issued a traffic ticket by a New York City cop, his call to a top-ranking member of the NYPD for a favor started a chain of events that resulted in the horrific murder of an innocent young woman, Bliss Verdon.
Police Sergeant Charles Castro was singled out to be the scapegoat in the cover-up of the NYPD's role in the events that led to the murder. But, as a tough-as-nails cop, he had other ideas and was not about to roll over for the police brass.
Though it seems more like a Hollywood movie, this real-life story of Castro's efforts to prove his innocence is an unprecedented look at wanton acts of police misconduct and rampant corruption.
NYPD Blue Lies has it all: Castro's controversal ex-wife (also a cop) who posed for Playboy magazine; police "executions"; gunfights; hostage-taking; back-stabbing; gossip; brawling; group sex; racism... It's a darker side of New York's Finest, as well as a scathing look at "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani.
Having served under three New York City mayors and a parade of police commissioners, Castro has come to recognize one common thread connecting them all: their utter lack of leadership for both the city they served and the heroes in blue they were sworn to command.
This tough-as-nails cop fought drug dealers, rescued hostages, saved the lives of a fellow officers, was involved in gun battles, and helped to cut crime in his precinct by an unprecedented 60%. His 17 years in the NYPD allowed him to do what he did best - protect and serve the community.
In 1981, Charles began a distinguished career as an officer in the New York Police Department. He received his first command in Harlem. Charles continued putting criminals behind bars and was eventually transferred for a ninety day period to the Narcotics bureau where he was credited for over five hundred arrests.
In 1987, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked several Queen's Precincts. He went on to serve seven years as a Patrol Supervisor of the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens.
Charles trained hundreds of rookie police officers to apply what they learned in the police academy to actual street conditions.
As a Patrol Supervisor, Charles led the fight to rid the community of crime and clean up Roosevelt Avenue for families and small businesses. During his tenure, crime fell by an unprecedented 60% in Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. He led the most productive squad year after year, earning decorations from the NYPD and letters of citation from the community.
As an officer, Castro identified a need for improved relationships between the NYPD and the community it serves. In 1996, he helped found the Latino Officers Association to support and represent officers from communities of color. Throughout his career, he served as a voice for strong, effective community relations and fought police corruption and, as a member of the PBA and SBA, advocated for workers the rights of officers and sergeants. Charles Castro helped to formalize a class action lawsuit against the NYPD, for racial discrimination. The lawsuit was settled for $27 million which was historic and the biggest lawsuit against any police department in the United States.
After 17 years on the force, Charles made his political mark at home in Queens. In 2001, he joined the office of Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette to represent the needs of the community through public service. From the state assembly he went on to lead the historical political campaign of Hiram Monserrate helping him to become the first Latino ever to be elected into public office in Queens, NY in November of 2001. He served as the Council Member's Chief of Staff, before going into the security business and writing his book.
NYPD Blue Lies featured in the Daily News: "Ex-cop Charles Castro wins lawsuit against city over retaliation"Written by Administrator
Nypd Blue Lies was recently featured in the New York Daily News. Here's a snippet of their article:
- Charles Castro in uniform
- The epitome of hypocrisy
Americas Mayor: seen here with Bill Bratton in better days, before Rudy shoved his foot up his ass and sent him packing. These two hypocrites claimed to have found the next photo of ex police officer and Playboy magazine model Carol Shaya offensive and demeaning to the NYPDs image. Yet the following image of an on duty NYPD detective didnt seem to be too offensive to the two creeps who clearly had double standards for males, females and Blacks and Latinos. Note: the detective is having sex with the prostitute that he was supposed to be arresting.
- Playboy Cop’s damaging the image of the NYPD.
Rudy Giuliani and Bill Bratton found this photo of Playboy cop Carol Shaya so disturbing and damaging to the image of the NYPD that they fired her.
- Sex on duty
Ironically Rudy and Bill Bratton didnt find this image of an on duty public morals detective having sex with the prostitute he was supposed to be arresting too damaging or harmful to the good image of the NYPD.
- Criminal cops tampering with evidence
Again the two hypocrite blowhards didnt seem to find this photo of two on duty public moral officers tampering with evidence to be too harmful to the oh so pretty image of the NYPD. Theses other offices are observed here tampering with physical evidence and although both committed crimes, neither was arrested, Rudy and Bratton slapped them on the wrist and allowed them to remain on the NYPD. Carol Shaya was fired for posing for playboy. Rudys administration allowed white cops to run wild officers went as far as killing Black men and walking away with it as seen here where ex officers Craig Yokemic killed Kenneth Banks by hurling a police radio at him causing his death. A white female judge in Rudys administration refused to seconds guess Yokemics actions and let him off the hook. It took outside intervention to find justice for Kenneth Banks. Yokemic was eventually found guilty and sent to where he belonged, prison. Rudy was unable to keep the NYPD free of corruption, racism and discrimination and he wants to run the United States of America. This man must be kept out of Washington at all cost.
- H& R Block kidnapper surrenders to Charles Castro
Charles Castro talked to kidnapper Eddie Hernandez over the telephone for nine hours until Hernandez finally gave up the two hostages and then surrendered
- Castro collars Ex-con and frees two hostages
- NYPD shining star sued in Gay smear smack
- Castro and other cops shoot it out with the devil and his helpers from hell
- Shoot out in Corona Queens leaves two dead.
- Calling for justice/ Mexican deli worker killed
Charles Castro seen here at a rally he organized with Councilman Hiram Monserrate and Anthony Miranda for an 18 year old Mexican deli worker Maunel Chametla killed in Queens by a retired NYPD detective John Malik. The former detective had claimed he accidentally shot the deli worker while he was serving coffee to patrons. The detective was never charged or arrested until we intervened in the matter
- Deli plea deal, A Mexicans life worth less than a dogs life
John Malik worked out a deal with the District Attorneys office. He got less time than former NFL star quarter back Michael Vick. Michael Vick killed dogs
- Cops Fired 41 Shots
West African Amadou Diallou seen here was doing nothing more than entering his residence when four cops blasted the unarmed man with forty one bullets. Rudy Giuliani was quick to side with the police officers even before knowing the full circumstances of the incident.
- Mayor Bloomberg calls 50 shots excessive
Unlike Rudy one delegate Giuliani, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a lot more reasonable and thoughtful when he called the fifty shots in the Sean Bell excessive. Bloomberg was sensitive and caring, he was careful not to offend the families or the community with insensitivities or polarizing statements or actions.
- Rudy allows killer cop to remain on his police department
Rudys administration and Bill Bratton allowed white cops to remain on his police department but photo's of Playboy cop Carol Shaya was so disturbing and damaging to the image of the NYPD that they fired her.
- Feds jail killer cop that Rudy slapped on wrist.
Officer Yokemic was not as fortunate in federal court, as he was in the compromised kangaroo court in the NYPD. In federal court his actions were second guessed and the outcome was unaffected by his friends in high places.
- Filing of historical class action lawsuit
- Price to pay for racism
- New York city and the NYPD agreed to pay 27 million dollars for their acts of discrimination.
- One method of reducing crime to get ahead in the NYPD
- Another genius reducing crime, trying to get ahead
- Ex-Con frees 2 hostages
- Gay smearing
- Cop Indicted
"A revealing look at what it is like to be let down and victimized by a hypocritical and corrupt bureaucracy in order to protect its own image. A New York City police sergeant's personal, emotionally revealing saga of family life and a career disrupted by drugs and Playboy fame. A seldom-explored view that cops are human too, experiencing the same problems and headaches yet having less rights than the average citizen."
—Frank Serpico, legendary NYPD officer,
subject of the Academy Award-winning movie Serpico
"You won't find many of New York's finest in Charlie Castro's tough story of his life in the NYPD. A Puerto Rican kid from the South Bronx who beat the odds, Castro's dream was to be a good cop. Instead, he found a place where street smarts and courage mattered less than who you are and where you come from, where those with connections get the medals and the promotions. Castro offers an insider's tale of the dark side of Rudy Giuliani's policing triumphs, of ugly racial politics, of brutality and of twisted, bureaucratic intrigue. You may remember Castro's ex-wife, the beautiful female cop who posed for Playboy. What you didn't know is that the police brass found that act more offensive to department morale than a pair of drunken, off-duty cops who urinated on, beat and then framed a homeless man. Charlie Castro has a bitter, angry story of life 'on the job.' And you can't blame him."
—Tom Robbins, The Village Voice
"The shocking story of a heroic Latino cop's personal battle against corruption and racism inside the NYPD."
—Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News
"Charles Castro's hard-hitting personal account of an officer's experience within the 'blue wall of silence' tell of the NYPD's impact on one man, one family and an entire community."
—Councilman Hiram Monserrate, New York City
"NYPD Blue Lies is a shocking and provocative first-hand narrative of how one of NYPD's trailblazers leveled the playing field for the common beat cop. This is a captivating read that paints a grim picture of factual events and keeps you yearning for more. This is an inside look at the NYPD and its true stories of racism, corruption and cover-ups."
—Assemblyman Jose Peralta, New York State
"Charlie Castro's book accomplished something that no journalist or writing was able to pull off. He gave his readers a first-hand view of the dark secrets in the NYPD. His words are like a sledgehammer that shatters the blue wall of silence and reveals the years of systemic racism and cruelty."
—Senator Eric Adams, New York State
"... a true hero..."
—Judge Robert H. Spergel, Nassau County Supreme Court
"Well-written and a compelling read."
—Judge Donna M. Mills, New York State Supreme Court
"In NYPD Blue Lies, Sgt. Charles Castro exposes the struggles faced by Hispanics before, during and after they fulfill their dreams of becoming NYPD officers. When you read his riveting account of life as an Hispanic cop in an Anglo-dominated police department you relive each moment and emotion as if you were there. Castro's keen storytelling ability paints a true picture of what the department was like during the Giuliani Era: corrupt and racist. While Serpico dealt with law enforcement plagued with organized crime and payoffs, Castro deals with the double standard of being a minority in the NYPD. Forget about the blue code of silence — it's the color of your skin that determines the level of respect you get. I applaud Castro for his exposé on the largest law enforcement agency in the U.S. This story will captivate the public but will serve as an educational text for aspiring police officers."
—Anthony Miranda, executive chairman,
National Latino Officers Association of America
"I've read NYPD Blue Lies. It's an easy read, and it's an interesting to see the world from the perspective of a police sergeant who spent seventeen years on the force. The happenstance of unrelated and often unintended actions is brought to bear. The conclusions may or may not be supported by the reader, but it does provoke thought. The book leaves no doubt that the NYPD is the real world. There are personality conflicts among the police. There are unintended consequences between the police force and the public, but it is also evident that, despite all the pain, the people in blue in the NYPD are the best in the world."
—Assemblyman Ivan C. Lafayette, New York State