Friday, May 29, 2009



by Carol Taylor R.N.

The Shocking True Story of
Racism, Corruption, Cover-Ups and Murder In The NYPD
Charles Castro
300 pages - ISBN#10:0-9800582-6-0
Copyright 2008 Charles Castro
Publisher: Arba Books, Inc.

Well, well, well. Will wonders never cease? After more than two decades of New York City community-based organizations' (herein remaining nameless to conserve space) fighting to get the NYPD to its officers for their levels of color-discrimination (which is corruption) (ref: quote #1)* - finally, there's documented proof of what their various Administrators have obdurately denied the existence of:

NYPD Blue Lies: The Shocking True Story of Racism, Corruption, Cover-Ups and Murder in the NYPD is a literary 'Sting Operation,' and if Police Commissioners Kelly, Bratton, Safir and others including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani ( ref:quote #2) don't sue for slander and libel, this must-read book will certainly stand as stark testimony - along with that of ex-cop Frank Serpico and The Mollen Commission - to an absolutely untenable beehive of untreated racism/colorism at #1 Police Plaza NYC.

Moreover, the fact, that ex-Police Officer Castro was part of a successful $27 million Class Action against the NYPD substantiating beyond denial claims of color and ethnic discrimination by many of 'New York's Finest,' should firmly shut up any naysayers trying to let the NYPD off the hook.

The book's easy-reading pages cry out for holding NYPD perpetrators/perpetuators accountable and if the New York City Council is really worth their salt, they'll use NYPD BLUE LIES as documentation to cause legislation to be passed installing an Independent Investigator (ref: quote#3) to keep a continuous watch over the NYPD and
to force the NYC Police Force to have every single officer (including the Administration) tested for their responses to differences in color and culture with a continuing program: (Ref: - posted on ) and where indicated, referred to Ethnotherapeutic Counseling until they can think straight about color!

Reading about NYPD vicious retaliation, one wonders where Charles Castro gets the guts to reveal the odious undersides of a 'law enforcement' organization which most citizens believe is there 'to protect' them and their families. But, how can there be such protection when NYPD untreated racism/colorism infects not only the interaction of the police officers inside but their actions outside? NYPD BLUE LIES effectively describes the killings-by-cops of unarmed Black males (ref: quote#4) like Patrick Dorismond, Anthony Baez, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo, among too many others to sadly list here.

NYPD BLUE LIES should be read by anyone living and visiting NYC - and definitely should be on the mandated Reading List for every student in New York's schools and universities.

Yes, NYPD BLUE LIES is terrifying, but even more terrifying would be if the Citizenry do not utilize Castro's vital information to deal effectively with the cancerous corruption extant and rotting the NYPD from within.

For this literary coup, Charles Castro should be named "MAN OF THE YEAR." He's laid out a huge tray of NYPD evil: untreated racism/colorism, thievery, thuggery, malignant mis-Administration, murder, corruption, cover-ups, sex, stress and retaliation: the TV Series and movie should be an effin' riot!

*Qunitessential Quotes:

#1. p293 "Sure they called us "niggers" and "spics;" sure they treated us like crap."

#2. p153 "...Rudy Giuliani and the NYPD spent most of their time and money working
on destroying the lives of Black and Hispanic police officers."

#3. p296 (not until we)"... push the lazy, fat, gutless, hypocritical politicians to get up off their asses will we succeed in getting a badly needed outside independ-
ent monitor to oversee the rotting NYPD."

#4. p296 "...the last 40 unarmed people killed at the hands of the NYPD have been
people of color."

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