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June 1st, 2012 at 10:55 am

Interview with Michael F. Armstrong, author of They Wished They Were Honest: The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption

We conclude our feature on They Wished They Were Honest: The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption, with an interview the book’s author Michael F. Armstrong.

In the interview Michael F. Armstrong discusses the book, corruption in the New York Police department in the 1970s, and the ways in which the police are now policing themselves.


  1. Thomas G. Vaubourg says:

    I am reading the book, which is excellent, but i noticed what I believe to be an error on page 8:

    ” … it had fallen under the leadership of his predecessor, Abe Beame, who had been as short … ”

    Did not Beame succeed Lindsey? In 1974?

    I believe his predecessor was Robert F. Wagner Jr.


    Also, on the same page, it states ” … Quill put the city through a paralyzing six weeks without
    public transporation … ”

    I believe the strike only lasted 12 days …

    Thomas G. Vaubourg

  2. Columbia University Press says:

    Dear Mr. Vaubourg,

    We looked into it, and we’ve confirmed that you are correct in both instances. We will make corrections in reprint. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

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