NYPD Officers Who Lie And Steal Get Slap On The Wrist, Report Reveals
Dozens of NYPD employees caught committing serious infractions, including lying under oath and using excessive force, between 2011 to 2015 were let off with barely a slap on the wrist, according to a new report.
Citing "hundreds of pages of internal police files" obtained from an anonymous source, Buzzfeed reports that at least 319 cops and staffers busted for potentially fireable offenses were instead placed on "dismissal probation" — a period of about a year where they can't get promoted but otherwise keep doing their job at the same salary.
The documents include 75 workers busted for ticket-fixing, 50 who lied about their cases or to internal investigators, 38 who used excessive force, got into a fight or unnecessarily fired their gun, and sundry others variously accused of sexual harassment, theft and drug use — although an unspecified number were pulled up for far less serious breaches like "mouthing off" to their boss, according to the report.
In one particularly egregious case highlighted by the outlet, an officer named Raymond Marrero pleaded guilty to bashing a department volunteer with a police baton and also holding down a handcuffed prisoner while another officer stomped on their head — then lying about it to internal investigators.
He lost 45 vacation days and was placed on dismissal probation — and is still a cop, earning $120,000 a year, Buzzfeed reports.
Taxpayers, meanwhile, have coughed up around $900,000 to settle lawsuits against Marrero.