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Good Cop, Bad Money
by John Lansing

In an era where gangsters and thieves so often win—from Wall Street to the mean streets—we are ready for a true American hero, someone who believes in values, honor, truth, and justice. Glen Morisano is that American hero.

For twenty years, as part of the NYPD, he rose up the ranks from heading up one of the most successful drug task forces, to being brought in to fix the notorious 70th Precinct (where Abner Louima was sodomized). But it is the high-profile arrests—the arrest of jeweler to the stars, Jacob the Jeweler, bagging the Black Mafia, and putting away one Colombian drug lord after the next—that made a name for Glen Morisano.

He will tell you simply that it was his job. But for Glen, there was much more at play. When he was just a boy, his grandfather, his hero, was beaten to death on the Staten Island Ferry by a common thief. The bad guy got away with exactly eight dollars and twenty cents. But he took so much more that day and Glen vowed to avenge his grandfather’s murder the only way he knew how—by becoming the kind of man “Uncle Nick” would be proud of. That quest led him to the NYPD.

Glen’s story takes us on a thrill ride of a boy with a speech impediment, growing up in the household of an abusive, alcoholic father, in a neighborhood overrun by the mob, to find solace in sports and the memory of his grandfather, who overcomes it all to become one of the best cops New York City has ever seen.

Glen Morisano is the crime-fighting version of Rocky Balboa—the underdog, who kept fighting and winning with integrity to become a true American hero. We invite you to read his story.
 

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