Speaking out on NYPD ticket fix

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

February 9, 2012 2:02:45 PM PST
We certainly cover our fair share of scandals from official corruption to corporate malfeasance to personal wrongdoing.

Disappointment typically follows from the public, or from a wronged individual.

Tonight an extraordinary interview that looks at a recent scandal, not from the viewpoint of a betrayed public, but from the perspective of one of those caught in the scandal.

The New York cop at the center of that massive NYPD ticket fixing scandal tonight is giving his first and only interview and he's giving it to our investigative reporter Sarah Wallace.

His name is Jose Ramos, an 18-year veteran of the NYPD. He sits at Rikers Island jail, unable to post the $500,000 cash bail that was set for him. 16 cops were charged in the ticket-fixing probe. Jose Ramos is the only one still behind bars.

Ramos has been painted as a drug-dealing rogue cop who sold his shield and violated his oath, but his family says he's anything but that, describing him as a lifelong role model for kids in the inner city.

So who is this guy? And why does he say that some of his fellow cops have thrown him under the bus?

It's a fascinating look behind the headlines and behind the news. You can see Sarah's exclusive interview, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, a big vote tonight about whether to close dozens more public schools in New York City. It figures to be an emotional and passionate public meeting as the appointed Panel for Educational Policy makes its decision. Angry and worried parents will be there. And we expect many protesters. We'll have the vote and the reaction, at 11.

And the social worker who tried desperately to get cops to come to the house of Josh Powell after he snatched his two children from the worker tonight is speaking exclusively to ABC News' Chris Cuomo. Chris has an hour-long investigation into the Powell case from his "person of interest" status in the disappearance of his wife 2 years ago, to the blowing up of his home last weekend, which killed him and his two boys.

The social worker had brought the sons to the home for a supervised visit, but when Powell opened the door, he grabbed the boys and closed the door. The worker tells Chris that Powell told his boys he had a "big surprise" for them this was just moments before he attacked them with a hatchet and then blew them up.

Hard to imagine what the worker is thinking especially after she tried so hard but unsuccessfully to convince the 9-1-1 dispatcher to stop asking so many questions and get help to the house. She smelled gas, she told the dispatcher.

You'll hear some of her interview tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

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