Famed NYPD Detective Frank Serpico: Helen Grus Case “breakthrough in Police transparency”
NYPD Detective Frank Serpico following case of Ottawa Police Detective Helen Grus
Legendary New York Police Detective and Medal of Honor recipient Frank Serpico has praised the Ottawa Police Service for publicly broadcasting the disciplinary hearing against Detective Helen Grus.
On September 9, 2022, Frank Serpico posted on his Twitter account that the public broadcasting of the Detective Grus Internal Hearing was a “breakthrough in Police transparency.”
Detective Grus faces internal Police Act charges for conducting “unauthorized” investigations into the sudden deaths of nine infants – where she sought to know the vaccine status of the mothers.
If true, this can be a breakthrough in Police transparency 👍🏽 https://t.co/echtf47bbw
— Francesco Serpico (@SerpicoDet) September 9, 2022
Public Invited to View Online Hearing Thursday, September 15, 2022
The next hearing date for Detective Grus is Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 1pm. The public is invited to watch online. (The links to the video and audio broadcast appear at the end of this article.)
Frank Serpico has been following the Detective Grus case since at least August 26, 2022 when he first posted a link to a one-hour broadcast by First Freedoms Foundation lawyer Barry Bussey in conversation with Donald Best.
During that interview, Donald Best stated…
“This Detective Grus case is going to be far more important, and garner far more public interest than the Ottawa Police ever thought possible… Thousands and thousands of people have seen the articles I’ve written. (Many) contacted me and discussed it. And that’s from all over the world. Because this is a police officer whose investigation has been shut down.”
(Former Toronto Police Sergeant Detective Donald Best)
The transcript and link to the Bussey – Best video can be found here:
New York Police Detective Frank Serpico
Retired NYPD Detective Frank Serpico rose to fame with his whistleblowing on widespread police corruption in 1970. His testimony before the Knapp Commission resulted many indictments against corrupt New York police officers. He also testified in court to convict corrupt police officers.
A best-selling biography by author Peter Maas (Serpico, The Valachi Papers, King of the Gypsies, Underboss) brought Serpico’s story of police corruption to the world. In 1973 actor Al Pacino – fresh off his success in The Godfather – played the role Serpico in the award-winning movie of the same name.
At 86 years of age, Frank Serpico continues his decades of activism – speaking out about civil liberties, police brutality and corruption.
Detective Serpico inspired an entire generation of young police officers to stand against corruption and was probably single-handedly responsible for the end of general ‘beat collections’ in New York City and throughout North America – including in Toronto, Canada where I was sworn as a Police Constable in 1975.
An overview of the Helen Grus case can be found in our previous article here…
Online Access to the September 15, 2022 1pm Helen Grus Hearing
The hearing will be conducted using MicroSoft Teams software – so be sure to start early to download the videoconferencing program if it is not already installed on your computer.
There is also an audio-only feed available for those who wish to call into the hearing. (See below)
The Helen Grus hearing is scheduled for September 15, 2022 at 1 pm.
Click here to join the meeting [teams.microsoft.com]
Meeting ID: 243 524 493 109
Or call in (audio only)
+1 343-803-4734 (Canada, Ottawa-Hull)
Phone Conference ID: 612 496 313#
For any problems, please contact Ottawa Police Service Media Relations via email…