Their motto is "Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect," but some of the hundreds of cops who showed up at the Bronx County Hall of Justice to support fellow officers accused of ticket-fixing were anything but courteous, professional or respectful to bystanders.

The group of off-duty cops that assembled Friday at the direction of their union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, or PBA, were on hand to defend the practice of getting tickets that were written to relatives and friends dismissed. Sixteen police officers were inside the courthouse the officers were assembled around, facing a judge on charges of corruption due to ticket-fixing. It is a courtesy, the union says, that's been done for generations. However, when PIX11 News asked individual cops about their support for the practice and support for their fellow officers, not one officer would speak on the record individually to any media.

Some of the off-duty officers who came to the support rally identified themselves as loyal fans of PIX11 News, and were polite and friendly. However, many officers and union leaders expressed their opinions in ways that were by no means G-rated, including one rhyming chant, "Ray Kelly, hypocrite / I.A.B., piece of ----," referring profanely to the Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD, which is carrying out the ticket-fixing investigation.

Some other comments and actions PIX11 News observed did not endear the police at the rally to some of the citizens of the Bronx who were at the courthouse on legal business unrelated to the ticket-fixing arraignment. For example, one cop made a completely unsolicited comment to a woman outside of court who was there on a matter entirely unrelated to the police, "The cheese line is that way," a reference to government handouts for people with low incomes.

A group of cops repeatedly yelled "E.D.P." at another bystander, who may or may not have made a comment to them. E.D.P. is the police abbreviation for emotionally disturbed person.

Dozens of neighborhood residents, including Richard Wallace, came to see the rally, watched it, and said afterward that they were disgusted.

"[The police] yelled at a group of people, 'E.B.T.,'" Wallace told PIX11 News, referring to the electronic benefits transfer, or Welfare Program food purchase card, "[and] 'Get a job,'" Wallace said. "You yell that to the people? What kind of man are you?"

Regarding the practice of cops fixing tickets for family and friends, other bystanders had plenty to say. South Bronx resident Terrell Stroud came out to the rally to counter police demonstrators. Stroud had recently gotten a ticket.

"$150 and nobody's fixing my ticket," Stroud told PIX11 News. "Double standard."

PIX11 News asked PBA president Pat Lynch what response he has for people like Stroud, who don't have friends on the force who can get tickets dismissed for them.

"I say to them, in every profession there's professional courtesy," Lynch said. "In every profession your coworkers look out for you. I say they do that in their jobs. It's just a courtesy."

Resident Richard Wallace was not satisfied with that answer. "They're saying, 'We don't care about your needs,'" Wallace said. "[Cops say] 'We only care about what happens to us, right or wrong.'"