A Cop’s Tale focuses on New York City’s most violent and corrupt years, the 1960s to early 1980s. Jim O’Neil, a former NYPD cop, delivers a rare look at the brand of law enforcement that ended Frank Lucas’ grip on the Harlem drug trade, his cracking open of the Black Liberation Army case, and his experience as the first copy on the scene at the “Dog Day Afternoon” bank robbery. A Cop’s Tale delivers a rare look into the bare-bones brand of law enforcement that has passed into history.
Jim O’Neil entered the NYPD as a patrolman in 1963 and went on to serve as head of the Homicide Task Force in Harlem during the drug wars. He held dual degrees in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Science from the New York Institute of Technology. He resided in Long Island until his death in 2012.
Mel Fazzino is a graduate of C.W. Post where he earned a Bachelor’s degree with high honors. Mr. Fazzino lives in Long Island, NY.