Four officers, including, from left, Deputy Chief David Colon, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez, were all moved to desk jobs. Deputy Chief Michael Harrington was also placed on modified duty.
Updated April 7, 2016, 5:18pm
4 NYPD officials transferred as part of corruption probe
“No officers have been charged criminally, but law enforcement officials say the issue came up as investigators probe Orthodox Jewish businessmen with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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.
Investigators will have to determine when a gift from a close friend crosses that line, and whether the acceptance of the gift would be criminal or a departmental violation.
Federal authorities are probing three Orthodox Jewish men for fraud and money laundering. Two of them, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, were involved in a liquor deal that went bad, prompting the investigation.
While probing the men, federal authorities picked up on a wiretap that one of the men, Reichberg, had dealings with high ranking NYPD officers. He is described as a police buff.”
WHO IS THE 3RD MAN BEING INVESTIGATED?
We have our speculations….
From an Article in The New York Times, April 7, 2016
4 New York Officers Are Put on Desk Duty Amid U.S. Corruption Inquiry
“Four high-ranking veterans of the New York Police Department were pushed into desk jobs on Thursday in a first wave of discipline connected with a continuing federal public corruption inquiry.
Two of the four officers were placed on modified duty, stripped of their guns and badges and taken off patrol, Police Commissioner William J. Brattonsaid, and two others were transferred from their current assignment.
“The investigation is examining the conduct of current and former N.Y.P.D. officers and several others,” Mr. Bratton said at a news conference at Police Headquarters in Lower Manhattan to announce technological advances the department has made in recent years.
“We will follow the leads wherever they take us,” he said.
A federal grand jury is hearing evidence in the case that was initiated in December 2013 by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and later was joined by an inquiry initiated by prosecutors from the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, officials said.”
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Commenter, LostMessiah 4.7.16
What a Chillul Hashem (Curse on G-d’s Name):
From an article in Gothamist, April 7, 2014
Heads Begin To Roll In FBI’s NYPD Corruption Investigation
The precinct is known among cops as Fort Surrender, in memory of a 1978 riot by Hasidic Jews who overtook the station house and injured dozens of officers.