New York - Calling It Not A Good Day For NYPD, Bratton Get More Heads Rolling After Cop Link To Police Buffs Investigation
New York - The NYPD has put on modified assignment and transferred four top officials in connection with an investigation into whether officers accepted free trips and other perks from Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish communities.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington had been placed on modified duty and transferred, Deputy Chief David Colon and Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez had been transferred.
VIN News reported earlier today about the suspension of Deputy Inspector James Grant.
“The potential violations under investigation include violations of NYPD rules and policies, the City conflicts of interest rules and the federal criminal laws,” Police commissioner Bill Bratton stated a press release on Thursday.
“The investigation is examining the conduct of current and former NYPD Officers and several others.”
Calling it “not a particularly good day for the department,” Bratton said in a press conference with the media, that he took the actions after meeting Thursday morning with a team of FBI agents, including Assistant FBI Director Diego Rodriguez, head of the bureau’s New York office.
Bratton also said that he had instructed NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters Lawrence Byrne to provide additional training to department employees on rules of conflict of interest.
New York State criminal laws make it a crime for a police officer to accept anything of value as a quid-pro-quo or gratuity.
Earlier this week, one NYPD officer who was called before the grand jury refused to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination. That raised the interest of Internal Affairs, and Det. Michael Milici, the 66th Precinct’s community affairs detective, was placed on modified duty.
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