Remembering Michael F. Armstrong (1932 – 2019)

Michael F. Armstrong, speaking at the 106th CityLaw Breakfast in February 2012. Image Credit: CityLand

Michael F. Armstrong, who passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, served New York City perhaps most prominently as the Chief Counsel to the 1972 Knapp Commission’s investigation into police corruption. Forty years later on February 10, 2012, Mike Armstrong spoke at a CityLaw Breakfast at New York Law School on the work of the Knapp Commission, its methods and the results that it achieved. Mike’s talk is a remarkable retelling of how the Knapp Commission was able to learn about and reveal the extent and nature of corruption within the New York City Police Department.

As New York Law School’s remembrance of Mike Armstrong, we republish this remarkable video as a living memorial to Mike Armstrong and his work.

Thank you for remembering Mike Armstrong and for viewing the video of his talk.


Ross Sandler, Professor of Law, Director of the Center for New York City Law, New York Law School




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