16 NYC cops plead not guilty in drug, ticket-fixing probe.

Police officers and union members demonstrate outside a courthouse in…

Police officers and union members demonstrate outside a courthouse in New York City’s Bronx borough where 16 officers were charged Friday. David Karp / AP

An anonymous tip about a crooked cop grew during the past three years into a sweeping internal corruption probe on the under-the-table practice of fixing tickets, with dozens of wiretaps, 10,000 intercepted calls and an officer undercover as a barber in a sting, authorities said.

Thirteen New York Police Department officers, two sergeants and a lieutenant were slapped with criminal charges Friday, just three days after the embarrassing arrests of five officers in a separate gun-running probe.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said it was “difficult” to have to announce for the second time in a week that his officers had been arrested for misconduct.

“These misdeeds tarnish the good name and reputation of the vast majority of police officers who perform their duties honestly,” he said.

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