City officials are outraged at the reselling, yet don’t question the existence of cards which allow you to skirt justice. The New York Post reports:
Buying a “get out of jail free” card is just a mouse click away. Police union cards that cops hand out to friends and family free of charge are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop, even though the resale of the coveted plastic is strictly prohibited by the unions.
The cards are often used to get out of minor jams like speeding tickets or parking violations — flashing one with your driver’s license is a way of suggesting you’re a member of law enforcement or at least related to someone who is. “It’s a way for a police officer to vouch for another person,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. “That type of recommendation shouldn’t be available to the highest bidder.”
Police union heads and elected officials are calling for a probe and an end to the practice. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) fears that such cards could land in the hands of terrorists or criminals.