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No Punishment For NYPD Vice Cops Conducting Porn Shop Prostitution Sting

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The undercover NYPD vice cops accused of improperly targeting gay men during 2008’s porn shop prostitution sting were cleared of any wrong doing by an Internal Affairs Bureau investigation that began last February. That’s bad news for Robert Pinter, one of the men arrested who filed suit against the department, claiming the charges were just a way for the cops to rack up enough nuisance charges against the shops to shut them down.

Nevermind that many of the 30 men arrested in the sting say they were cuffed only after agreeing to consensual sex with the undercover cops — whom then offered to make it a cash transaction.

Shockingly, the IAB investigation found the NYPD’s legal unit “recommends the suggestion of money come from the defendant. There are no department standards regarding entrapment. The Department prefers to avoid entrapment but it is not a set policy.” You mean, there’s no policy to, say, avoid completely illegal means of “law enforcement”?

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