New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell has ordered an audit after former NYPD officer Michael Dodd, who was known as the ‘most corrupt ex-cop in town’ for crimes in the late 1980s and early 1990s, brazenly walked into police headquarters in lower Manhattan and brazenly walked off . Several photos of him smiling before posting them on Instagram.
Dodd walked to One Police Plaza and snapped a picture of himself in Shield’s room on the second floor and joked about getting his own exit picture.
Dowd wrote: “@1policeplaza I finally got my exit pic, #NYPD #thesevenfive.”
Dowd’s illegal activities were explored in the 2014 documentary The Seven Five which revealed how he and his partner ripped off drug dealers and sold their drugs while working in Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct.
Dodd’s Life as a Cop is a story of lawlessness in uniform, cops and robbers with Dodd and his crew of brother cops, particularly his former partner Kenny Urrell.
Former NYPD cop Michael Dodd, who served 12 years in prison for corruption, visited police headquarters in Manhattan and posted several photos of himself on social media.
Dodd joked about getting his exit picture and used the hashtags #NYPD and #thesevenfive — a reference to the NYPD police station where he once worked.
During eight of the ten and a half years that Dodd was an NYPD cop, he led a life of escalating crime and excess.
He ratted out dealers, took protection money from drug lords, planned and participated in armed robberies, stole from crime scenes – money and drugs – and eventually trafficked and dealt the drugs himself.
Dodd’s crimes eventually led to his arrest and 12 years in prison.
Despite his past criminal activities, Dowd was incredibly allowed into the entrance to the department’s visitor center with no problem later posting pictures of his visit on social media.
Dodd, now 62, has defended his actions, saying he was joking and mocking himself.
“I’m a funny guy,” Dodd said. New York Post. ‘I have a sense of humor.’ I was making fun of myself. If I had done the right thing I would have been able to earn my pension with honor.
Dodd’s illegal activities were exposed in 1992 but despite his criminal history, Dodd was allowed into the department’s visitor center without any problem.
The disgraced ex-cop, 62, spent 12 years in prison for shaking down drug dealers, stealing their wares, and then selling drugs while working in Brooklyn’s 75th District in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Some of those who commented questioned why a corrupt ex-cop was allowed into the building, and called for an investigation into the matter.
“The only exit photo worthwhile is the one on the cover of Newsday 30 before something, where you and the rest of your crew are being led out of a shackled area,” one user wrote.
“Since when do we allow offenders into 1PP?” Another questioned.
Another user added, “I am amazed at this management for letting you into the building.”
Dodd was in the building with a retired cop who was there to get a new ID. Dodd noted that officers at the entrance to the department’s visitor center did not question Dodd about allowing him to enter the building.
The Commissioner’s Review will look at the process by which Retirement Guests are granted access.
The post “made my stomach turn,” said a retired police officer who worked in the department at the same time as Dodd.
During eight of the ten and a half years that Daoud was a NYPD cop, he lived a life of escalating crime and excess.
An officer stops in East New York in the 1980s. Crime was rampant and the temptation of corruption was too much for Dodd and other officers
“It’s a bad view of the police department,” said a retired policeman. “One of the most corrupt cops I’ve ever taken pictures and made jokes. They should investigate who allowed him to enter.”
Since then, Dowd has moved on from his past and claims to be working on a TV series and reality show.
He said he had served his time and paid his debt to society, asking people to let go of the past.
“Everyone falls short of the glory of perfection, and I have those who call me guilty?” Asked. I’ve had my time. I paid my debt to society.
Dodd was finally arrested in May 1992 when the truth came out.
Outrage over his behavior was intensified by the fact that it wasn’t the NYPD’s internal affairs bureau that finally stopped him, but the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office who caught him on an undercover drug sting.
Dodd’s case and the systemic failure that led to the NYPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs failing to prove 16 complaints were brought against him over the years before it exploded into a very public scandal.
In September 1993, Dodd testified before the Mullen Commission—which had been set up to investigate police corruption in the wake of his case.
When asked by the panel if he considered himself a cop or a drug dealer, he paused, deep in thought, before answering with “both.”
Ex-officer Michael Dodd, 62, is known as the NYPD’s ‘most corrupt cop’ after spending 12 years behind bars for leading a police racketeering, drug and money laundering gang in Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct.
The crack had flooded New York and in its wake cash was ready. Dodd and the other members of his “crew” saw easy choices
A crime epidemic in the 75th arrondissement has made it the second deadliest district in New York, behind the Bronx, and has seen its officers in constant danger.
Dodd became a police officer by chance. The third of seven children born to a firefighter father and stay-at-home mother, he was a good student and was advised to consider becoming “a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant”.
But he took the police test as well as the firefighter test and said, ‘The police test came back first. Easy like that.’
The path is set. Dodd graduated from the Police Academy in 1982 and was immediately assigned to the 75th Precinct – one of the deadliest camps in the country.
Nothing in the academy prepared Dodd for the realities of the streets. ‘The first time someone called you ‘officer,’ he said, ‘you were looking around to find the officer.
You learn to walk to someone with a gun. You learn the eye drift of someone who does drugs… It’s a process.
And part of that process was, according to Dodd, deciding between a “something-to-find-voucher”—the recording and recording of money and property found during the arrest—and just taking it.
It was the excitement of being away from him that kept him coming back for more. The next time he had a chance was, he recalled, a drug house shooting. He was the first to arrive at the scene.
Michael Dodd was a young cop when his life started to go wrong. After taking cash from the crime scene for some time, Dodd eventually brokers a deal between the cops and drug lord, Adam Diaz
He said, ‘I have come and cannot enter the building because the man’s head is blocking the door. I literally walk over his body to enter. Inside you can see his partner – they were little children – wiping his best friend’s blood off his hands.
As it turned out, there was money and drugs — a lot. I see a separate stock of around $800. This man is not paying attention. So I take it.
‘It was strange.’ I just put it in my pocket. Then the detectives show up. There are about five pounds of coolers and $500 cash. The sergeant said, “Is that all?” And he looked at me and I felt that he knew. So I took $800 out of my pocket and put it back.
Covering eastern New York, the 75th district became ground zero for the lawlessness that came to define New York in the 1980s, before zero-tolerance police tactics cleaned up the city.
“I was still at that point feeling uncomfortable taking anything.”
Later that night, Dodd sees Sergeant at a local bar and approaches him. He said: I told him: Sir, when I handed you this money today, I took it out of my pocket. What is your opinion? He said, “I don’t give a damn what you do before I get there.. and if you get there and you already have something, I haven’t seen it.”
“Bingo! Go light. Just like people do this, you’re not the only one. It was like I had permission now.”
Since then, he said, “I made sure I was first at a crime scene.”
Take bags of money from drug houses, guns and cocaine. At that time, a kilo of cocaine cost $34,000. When he found a hideout his first thought was, “Pay the dirt.”
He said: I made a mistake. We all knew it was wrong, me especially, but it was such an addictive thrill.