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In 1992, a number of Massachusetts police agencies were merged to form the Massachusetts Department of State Police.  Among the former agencies is the Metropolitan District Commission’s Police Department (MDC).  But, in 1980, when six men dynamited their way into a bank in Medford, Massachusetts, the MDC was an active police department.  Besides using dynamite to access the vault and getting away with an estimate $25 million in cash, diamonds and gold, what makes this bank heist most unusual is that three of the robbers were police officers, including MDC Captain Gerald Clemente.

 

While in prison for the robbery, Gerald Clemente penned The Cops are Robbers.  In addition to giving the details of the robbery, Gerald Clemente tells how drugs, gambling and greed exposed the near-perfect crime.  Additionally, the book covers other areas of police corruption such as “supervisors selling answers to exams to a large number of cops so they could "buy" their promotion for $3,000, instead of earning it by studying.”

One reader of The Cops Are Robbers: A Convicted Cop's True Story of Police Corruption said, “When I first picked this book up I thought it would offer insight into the dark world of police corruption. Well, I was wrong. This book only shows what one individual's thoughts and actions were at the time of their crimes. This book could have been excellent had it showed how corruption exists inside a police force in general. instead the author chose to write from an individual standpoint.”

The Cops Are Robbers: A Convicted Cop's True Story of Police Corruption
Gerald W. Clemente  More Info

Publisher’s Weekly said of The Cops Are Robbers: A Convicted Cop's True Story of Police Corruption, “Like the proverbial hooker who cries rape, Clemente, a bent cop, voices protest: he was not accorded the deference due an officer during investigations into allegations linking him to a bank heist but, rather, was treated as a suspect. On the job he himself was always humane, an attribute he stresses perhaps to temper his admission of personal corruption and which also may underpin his charge that corruption is indigenous to law enforcement. One year into his 30-year sentence for robbing a bank in his Massachusetts hometown of Medford in 1980and while awaiting trial for a scam involving civil service exams this former police lieutenant here throws himself on the reader's sympathy, aided by Stevens, a book editor, with arguments that his five brethren in the robbery, two of them junkies, turned out to be less than honorable, and that his mistress, a "manipulator" who testified against him, played him for a "sucker." Clemente's wife and son have only cameo roles in his memoir, the roles one senses they are assigned in his life as well.”

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In 1992, a number of Massachusetts police agencies were merged to form the Massachusetts Department of State Police.  Among the former agencies is the Metropolitan District Commission’s Police Department (MDC).

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