Pensions for NYPD cops involved in corruption probe sparks outrage among minority police officers
Minority cops call out Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for not receiving the
same pension plan courtesy as NYPD chiefs involved in probe.
Advocates for black and Hispanic police officers blasted Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday for allowing high-ranking chiefs swept up in a massive corruption scandal to retire with their pensions, claiming that scores of minority rank-and-file officers in trouble with the department were not given the same courtesy.
“Bratton had no compassion for our officers,” Anthony Miranda of the National Latino Officers Association said in a press conference with Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel outside 1 Police Plaza.
Miranda demanded an independent commission to investigate the corruption scandal, much like the Knapp Commission investigated NYPD corruption in 1970.
Maribel Diaz speaking at press conference, whose husband, Officer Manuel Mateo
was forced off the force, wished he was afforded the same luxury.
“We have lists of officers who were never afforded this kind of opportunity,” Miranda said. “Where was this compassion to our officers?”
As the “pay to play” corruption probe into the NYPD continues, several high-ranking members of the department caught up in the scandal — but not charged — have been allowed to retire with their pensions, but they had to give up hundreds of thousands of dollars in accrued vacation time. The retirees were also given a “good guy letter” which makes it easier for them to carry firearms and get other employment.
Candidate for Congress Frank Spotono speaking at a press
conference at police headquarters calling for an independent commission to investigate the
bribery scandal and alleged preferential treatment given to some high-ranking officers.
Maribel Diaz, 46, wished her husband Manuel Mateo was afforded the same luxury.
In 2009 — before Bratton took office — Mateo, a 10-year NYPD veteran, was accused of receiving a bribe and was ultimately fired for giving false testimony. Mateo was not allowed to keep his pension or get a good guy letter.
Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel (l.) speaking at a press conference at police
headquarters over unfair pensions between corrupt NYPD cops and minority cops.
“It was really bad,” Diaz said, standing next to her daughter Mallory, age 9, and Ryan, 12. “At one point we were going to lose our home.”
So far, 11 cops — including several inspectors and chiefs — have been either transferred or stripped of their guns and shields in the gifts-for-favors probe involving Orthodox Jewish businessmen. None of the officers are black. Three are Hispanic. On June 20, three of the officers were arrested on federal charges.
An NYPD spokesman said the department had enough agencies looking over their shoulders.
“The NYPD is subject to an unprecedented level of external independent oversight,” the spokesman said. “All officers are treated the same for both minor and major infractions.”