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LISTEN: The NYPD’s ‘Italian Squad’ Fought the Mob, and Mayors

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Long before the NYPD targeted Muslims, Black radicals and other groups, the Italian Squad prompted objections about its aggressive tactics, including from Italian American leaders concerned about their community’s public image as immigrants sought to assimilate.

Veteran New York City journalist Paul Moses, author of “The Italian Squad: The True Story of the Immigrant Cops Who Fought the Rise of the Mafia,” talks with THE CITY Executive Editor Alyssa Katz about the NYPD’s efforts more than a century ago to grapple with organized crime preying on Italian immigrants and the challenges and threats faced by the Italian American officers trying to stop them.

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