Cop brags online about misconduct: now under investigation


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Preacherman
December 23, 2003, 10:38 AM
From New York's Newsday (http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/nyc-blog1223,0,3411589,print.story?coll=ny-nynews-headlines):

B'klyn Cop Investigated

By Sean Gardiner
Staff Writer

December 22, 2003, 5:09 PM EST

A Brooklyn cop is being investigated for Internet postings in which he brags about beating suspects, writing phony tickets and ignoring calls to his precinct.

The officer, identified by Internal Affairs investigators as a patrol cop who works in the 75th Precinct, uses the pseudonym "Brooklynbacon" and posts his messages on a site accessible through Xanga.com.

Alongside pictures of motorcycle trick riders, naked women, photographs with comical captions and pictures of human oddities, he posts messages supposedly about his job and, in some instances, his own misconduct. Any one of the offenses he describes could cost him his job.

In railing against an unspoken traffic ticket quota he says that officers must meet -- 10 tickets per week, he contends -- he writes: "The new commanding officer of the precinct is pressuring us to write more and more tickets. We were officially told NOT to write anymore tickets for headlights and taillights. Most people fix the problem within 24 hours and the ticket would be admonished therefore the City of New York makes no money in the end.

"So I have come up with a better way of writing tickets. I just write down the plates of the cars that cut me off the the (sic) parkways and I send them a bogus parking ticket in the mail. The person will then have to deal with the Parking Violations Bureau and not me. Problem quickly resolved. So, in other words, be careful who you cut off on the road. They might be an off duty cop and they could write your plates down and write you a $150 parking ticket. Have a nice day."

A police source said Internal Affairs investigators are reviewing all tickets written by the officer. Brooklynbacon did not respond to emails. According to a message he posted yesterday, he's still on patrol.

On the Web site, he describes his area of expertise as "human sanitation worker." While Brooklynbacon doesn't reveal his name or the precinct where he's assigned, he provides plenty of hints -- a partial photograph of his face, the fact that he's an avid motorcycle rider and the police calls he answered – which led investigators to identify him, sources said.

Many postings on the site offer what appears to be the view of a dissatisfied cop. He slams the NYPD's anti-terrorism training as a waste of time and rips on the poor quality of bullet-proof vests officers are issued. He also ridicules the people he's called on to help, calling himself a "baby sitter" and repeatedly saying that everyone he deals with is on welfare.

In other postings, he flaunts his own misconduct. After a particularly long shift, he was called to the Crown Heights' 77th Precinct late in November to search for two men who stabbed an off-duty officer during a robbery attempt. When he arrived at the scene scores of cops were already searching for the suspects so "my partner and I decided to sit inside the car and stay warm,'' he wrote.

"Perhaps play some games on our mobile laptops inside the patrol cars? The other units conducted a (sic) door to door searches of every apartment in the building while I conducted eye lid maintenance. ZZzzzz."

He also wrote that after getting into a motorcycle crash he was assigned a desk job upon returning to work. He wrote that he quickly realized "they assigned me to the wrong position."

"I have neither sympathy nor remorse when people call me up complaining about their problems. I have no feelings when people complain about loud music and I could really care less if they are seeking information regarding a family member that has been incarcerated. Cry me a river."

In that same posting, submitted this past fall, he said he expected to return to patrol within two weeks.

"Sitting behind a desk and looking pretty is not my style,'' he stated. "I am the type of person who loves getting my hands dirty whether it is chasing someone down a street or just giving them the 'good old fashion nypd beat down.' I hope you didn't think those beatings don't really exist do you?"

On a separate posting detailing his desk duty, he wrote that when people called the precinct trying to report a complaint, his pat response was " 'I will send a patrol car there immediately' but in reality I will wait for them to call back at least 5 times before I really send someone over there."

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TheeBadOne
December 23, 2003, 10:41 AM
If just false bravado to impress/outrage Chat pals he'll still end up looking stupid and tarnished. If any are actually true his head will roll (justifiably so).

rock jock
December 23, 2003, 11:06 AM
I am sure he is only admitting to behavior that is typical of many other NYPD cops.

10-Ring
December 23, 2003, 11:51 AM
What a bonehead! He deserves everything he gets :rolleyes:

Pilgrim
December 23, 2003, 12:13 PM
There was another famous cop who bragged to someone what a badbutt he was. He shifted the focus of a murder trial from the defendant to himself. The defendant was acquitted. The badbutt cop ended up pleading guilty to perjury.

Pilgrim

Mike Irwin
December 23, 2003, 12:53 PM
His head may well roll even if this stuff isn't true. He's embarrased the department, and one thing that NYPD HATES is being embarrased.

Remember the female cop who posed nude in Playboy wearing, and removing, parts of her uniform?

Boom. Off the job for conduct unbecoming an officer.

dinosaur
December 23, 2003, 02:50 PM
We had a saying when I worked in Bklyn. "What are they going to do, transfer me to the 75?" The place is a ****hole.:barf:

It never ceases to amaze me how many people post on the net their real or imagined exploits. For this reason alone this guy needs a date with the cluebat.

Mike, she got back the job in `86. I was working at the range when she requaled.

rockjock, that`s for your expert insight.:rolleyes:

clubsoda22
December 23, 2003, 02:58 PM
Guy should loose his job, period.

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