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For years in New York City, it’s been customary for police officers to hand out “courtesy cards” to family and friends, but an I-Team investigation has found some of these cards are being sold to strangers on the Internet.

Some who hold the cards — wallet-sized pieces of plastic emblazoned with the logos and names of various labor unions representing NYPD personnel — believe that flashing the card could help them win leniency from police during traffic stops for minor infractions.

Favoritism from police was a supposed selling point when NBC New York’s I-Team recorded video of a sales pitch from a civilian middleman who brought an assortment of union cards on a South Brooklyn street corner.

Source: Tom Burke and Chris Glorioso, NBCNewYork.com.

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