Frank Serpico is my hero. His name that either makes you stand taller and push your shoulders back with pride — or makes you spit on the ground in anger. If you do the second - you are everything what's wrong with policing in America
The former New York City police detective, became a household name in the '70s when he exposed corruption inside the department, then testified against fellow cops who capitalized on it before the Knapp Commission, an organization formed to investigate Serpico's claims.
As a result, the decorated law enforcement officer was shunned by some of his colleagues and nearly left for dead after an on-duty shooting.
His story garnered national attention and was brought to life on the big screen, when Hollywood legend Al Pacino brilliantly portrayed him in the 1973 classic “Serpico.”