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Video Shows Three NYPD Officers Hitting Man in the Face After He’s Pinned on the Ground

Bystander video posted to Youtube on Tuesday of a man being arrested by three NYPD officers shows them repeatedly punching him in the face as he is held down on his stomach on the ground. Alexis Jasmin, who recorded the cellphone video while riding on the bus, also had posted the video to Facebook on the morning of New Year’s Eve, the day that it happened.

Apparently, the man being beat in the video, Heriberto Nunez, wasn’t happy that the officers had given him a ticket and cursed at the cops, while sitting in his car. The unnamed cops, who were already in their own van preparing to leave, then jumped out and began arresting him. It’s of course not illegal to curse at the police, which means their assault upon and arrest of the man was completely unlawful.

Within her Facebook post (embedded below), Jasmin described the attack:

This man was already in his car and the police were in the van getting ready to pull off. Granted the man did stick his head out the window and say a few choice words. But please tell me why the cops got out the van, snatched him out of his car and proceeded to do this to him . Please explain to me why the officer kept bashing his face like that . This is exactly why i hate the police . His hands were already tied and he kept hitting the man in the face until bloody. RIDICULOUS!!

For their part, New York Police Department sources say that Nunez “lashed out” at the officers after receiving the ticket (which, once again, isn’t illegal) and claim that he was resisting their unlawful arrest, even though the video clearly shows him pinned to the ground by the three officers, with his hands already behind his back, being hit in the face for over 40 seconds, prior to them lifting him up and throwing him against their van.

According to the New York Daily News, Nunez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstructing governmental administration. He’s since been released without bail.

Meanwhile, none of the cops involved have been disciplined, although the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is currently conducting an “investigation” prior to making that situation official.

 

NYPD Cop in Charge of Vetting Character of Recruits Arrested for Pulling Gun on Woman in Road Rage Incident

After a woman accidentally cut NYPD Officer Donald Vale off in Long Island he chased after her and then pulled his gun and threatened her. However, once he concluded his road rage induced confrontation that began, according to the New York Daily News, on the southbound Sagtikos Parkway near the Southern State Parkway and drove away, the unnamed victim wrote down his license plate number.

He later confessed to brandishing his weapon to New York State Police investigators after being tracked down to his house. He’s now facing a second degree menacing charge and a pretty vicious slap on the wrist, once his paid vacation ends.

Via Complex.com:

According to the New York Daily News, officer Donald Vale was driving in Long Island on Sunday afternoon. At around 4:10 p.m., the victim accidentally cut him off in traffic. Vale reportedly became enraged and began to pursue the woman who had cut him off, then allegedly threatened her with his firearm. Vale was caught because the victim wrote down his license plate number as the off-duty cop sped away from the scene, and gave the information to police when she filed a report.

Sources with the NYPD told the New York Daily News that Vale was interviewed about the reported incident, and admitted to pursuing the woman after she cut him off. Vale, who has been with the New York police force for 14 years, has been charged by the NYPD with menacing. He has been suspended pending the results of the case against him, according to the New York Daily News.

The real kicker to this story is that Officer Vale, who is a 14 year veteran (I’m sure this is the first time he’s ever snapped over something minor and that he also never “flew into a rage” while on duty during those 14 years), is a member of the NYPD’s Character Assessment Section. That means Officer Vale is one of the guys who decides if new recruits applying to be hired at the New York Police Department have the proper character to be police officers.

It’s truly surprising with such upstanding and rational people vetting the new hires that the NYPD is responsible for so many instances of corruption and violence toward citizens.

Son of NYPD Police Union Head Pat Lynch Stripped of Gun and Badge After Off-Duty Firearm Incident

NYPD Officer Kevin Lynch, the son of Pat Lynch, the biggest Hero in New York and also the president of the New York Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has been placed on “modified duty” after he and a rookie officer were involved in an incident with a firearm and subsequently failed to report it.

The younger Lynch was with Officer Robert Smilove in a car belonging to Smilove’s mother near her house in Queens when the incident happened. Smilove reportedly had just bought a new .38 caliber revolver and was in a hurry to show it off to his work buddy. While doing so, he managed to accidentally fire off a round.

Obviously, these Heroes, especially the one with the golden pedigree, did the proper thing and waited for police to arrive so they could explain the situation and, if necessary, accept their slap on the wrist, right? Actually, not so much. Instead, Lynch the Younger and Officer Smilove jumped out and ran away into the night. In the process, they abandoned the car belonging to Smilove’s mother, which had a fresh bullet hole in the windshield.

nypd-union-president-pat-lynchNot surprisingly, the NYPD was able to figure out who might be involved (without even calling in Columbo) by simply running the plates on the car. After walking a block or so, they found Smilove at his mother’s house where he also lives. (Apparently, these rookies aren’t quite on the gravy-train yet, salary-wise.)

Once the great getaway was over and Smilove was cornered in his mommy’s house, he apparently confessed and provided the gun, which had four live rounds and the one expended casing still inside the chambers. According to the New York Daily News, “It’s not clear how police learned Lynch was present.” I’m guessing someone crossed the Thin Blue Line, but that’s purely speculation on my part at this point.

The NY Daily News story also states that Officer Smilove hadn’t reported to the NYPD that he had bought the gun, which apparently is a requirement. Smilove has been suspended as a result of all this. There’s also a rumor started by me that his mother has put him on restriction and taken his cell phone away. He has only been on the force since January of this year and is still on probation with the department. According to a “high-level source” he isn’t expected to be celebrating his anniversary, although no official punishment has been meted out yet. It’ll probably be several months before he gets hired by another department once his termination becomes official.

As for Little Lynch, he’s still on the force and is not expected to be fired as a result (surprise). However, until they come up with a way to make it sound like the slap on the wrist he will receive was a legitimate punishment, he has been reassigned to the proverbial desk duty.

Former NYPD Sergeant Given Just Three Months in Jail After Committing $600,000 Social Security Fraud

Earlier this week, former NYPD Sgt. Thomas Shea was sentenced to just three months in jail for committing Social Security fraud over the course of two decades. Shea collected over $600,000 in disability payments after retiring from the New York Police Department due to a shoulder injury in 1993. However, from 1999 to 2014 he also worked as a commercial truck driver for several different companies.

Shea only came clean once he was informed that his claim was being investigated. (I.E. he knew he was about to get caught.) And his original injury claim was actually fake as well, based on a diagnosis from a crooked doctor. So there’s no real evidence that he had anything in mind except self-preservation when he confessed to his transgressions.

Via the New York Post:

Shea’s lawyer, Joseph Murray, asked for a probationary sentence with no imprisonment telling Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff, “To go in [to prison] and come out a convicted felon, where is he going to get a job? Tom Shea should be made to pay. Allow him to continue to work at it, where being in prison he’s stifled.”

Shea made full restitution of the $622,843 he ripped off, before sentencing.

“He only came forward after Social Security sent him a notice they were gong to redetermine his case. He came forward because he thought he had been caught,” US Attorney Sagar Ravi Ravi said in arguing for jail time.

Shea told Judge Rakoff, “Approximately 20 years ago I made the worst decision of my life. I knew I was committing fraud and not a day went by I wasn’t looking over my shoulder. I was looked up to and now I bow my head in shame.”

Answered Judge Rakoff, “Here’s the issue, you have the amount of money, over $600,000 — and the longevity —a couple of decades. As always with crimes of this nature it exposes an inconsistency even a hypocrisy of the person holding themselves to others as doing right.”

Obviously that’s a nice speech by the judge who sentenced him to just three months in jail, except it is entirely invalidated by that very tiny three month slap on the wrist that nobody who hadn’t worn a Magical Suit and Shiny Badge would ever come close to receiving. That’s kind of the definition of inconsistency.

It’s also nice that his lawyer is so concerned about the plight of felons and their diminished job prospects. I’m sure that argument works well in Judge Rakoff’s courtroom when applied to the average citizen accused of stealing over $600,000.

New York Police Violently Arrest 60 Year Old Man For Selling DVD’s

When an off-duty cop saw a man committing the ghastly violent crime of selling DVD’s on the street in front of a Staten Island supermarket, she sprang into action to protect the neighborhood from cheap DVD’s. Soon after, regular customers at the store were treated to the pleasant spectacle of members of the Seventh Largest Army in the World violently assaulting the 60 year old man who is so dangerous that witnesses who regularly greet him say “he’s never bothered anyone.”

Via SIlive.com:

The arrest of an accused DVD bootlegger this week outside the Stop & Shop in Eltingville was met with criticism by shoppers and store employees who watched it unfold.

Kung Zhow, 60, is described by those who know him and have bought DVDs from him at the grocery store on Amboy Road as a gentle man who wouldn’t hurt anyone.

But he apparently wore out his welcome Tuesday afternoon when, according to witnesses, a female shopper who identified herself as an off-duty police officer confronted Zhow outside the store claiming he did not having a license.

A crowd of onlookers started to gather.

Uniformed NYPD officers arrived soon after, and according to shopper John Le Vine, wrestled Zhow, who stands about six-feet-tall with a slim build, into custody.

“There were two [officers] on his back cuffing him, and another [officer] grabs the back of his head, and grabs where the cuffs were and scraped his face across the ground,” Le Vine said.

Zhow was charged with trademark infringement and resisting arrest, an NYPD spokesman said Wednesday.

Police said Zhow was flailing his arms at the time of the arrest.

He was issued a desk appearance ticket, and was back outside the store Wednesday selling DVDs…

Zhow had bandages on his elbow and hands, injuries he said he suffered during the ordeal. He did not have any visible marks on (his) face.

When asked about the incident, he pointed to what appeared to be surveillance cameras outside the store and in broken English said, “I call a lawyer.”

Stop & Shop employees and shoppers who regularly greet Zhow outside the store  said that while they’re aware it’s illegal to sell bootleg DVDs, he’s never bothered anyone and didn’t deserve that kind of treatment.

“It wasn’t like he was selling drugs or guns or something,” said store employee Jason Gough. “They could’ve just told him to ‘get out of here.'”

Stop & Shop spokesman Jim Keenoy said the store did not call the police or have anything to do with the arrest.

In spite of the quote above, Kung Zhow obviously hasn’t worn out his welcome in front of the Stop & Shop. The regular customers and even the employees, all whom speak well of him, were upset with the way he was treated by police. In fact, Zhow felt welcome enough to return right back to the “scene of the crime” as soon as he was released from jail.

Reality is that the unwelcome party in this little fable is the off duty cop who showed up in their neighborhood and then felt the need to enforce one of the most victimless crimes possible, along with the group of armed thugs that showed up to violently carry out that enforcement against a well liked and non-violent elderly man.

Unlike Kung Zhow, they bothered plenty of people.

NYPD Officer Sentenced to Just Three Years in Prison for Repeatedly Molesting Underage Girl

NYPD Officer Jacob Sabbagh repeatedly molested the daughter of a friend beginning when the girl was just 10 years old until she was 13 on a monthly basis when he stayed the night at her family’s house. At the time he was an auxiliary officer, but later was hired on as a full time officer with the New York Police Department.

In spite of being convicted of the egregious and repeated sexual abuse of the young girl, he still received his Policeman’s Discount. Last week, Judge Alan Marrus sentenced Sabbah to just three years in prison, which is just slightly more than the amount of time he molested the girl before she managed to escape his abuse when the family moved to Israel.

Via a press release from Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson:

According to trial testimony, the defendant, Jacob Sabbagh, 34, of Midwood, Brooklyn, was a family friend of the victim and would sleep over at the victim’s home in Flatbush approximately every month. The investigation revealed that on each of these visits, between June 2005, when the victim was 10, and March 2008, when the victim was 13, the defendant repeatedly groped and fondled her and, on occasion, forced her to reciprocate. The defendant went on to join the police force in 2009. He was fired from the force after his conviction this past June.

The victim and her family moved out of the country and, when she was 16, the victim told her mother about the past abuse. The case was reported to authorities in the country where the victim lived and later referred to the District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit.

In addition to the lenient sentence, Officer Sabbah was also released pending an appeal in spite of the nature of his crimes and warnings that he may flee the country to avoid serving any prison time at all.

Via the New York Daily News:

Jacob Sabbagh pleaded for mercy from Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus, insisting he hadn’t done anything wrong — despite the secretly recorded phone conversations that helped put him away.

“I am innocent. These allegations are false. This might have happened, but not with me. I believe in God and don’t know why this is happening to me,” Sabbagh cried.

But his victim, now 21, said Sabbagh’s “disgusting acts changed my life. His sickness changed my life…”

“I trusted him. My family trusted him. He took advantage of me, my vulnerability and trust,” she said.

“At 14, I felt like a terrible person for letting this happen, I beat myself up, he drained me of my life,” she said, asking the judge to think of her younger self when deciding an appropriate sentence…

The judge showed Sabbagh some mercy — sentencing him to less than half the maximum of seven years.

“Child molestation is a serious crime. I can’t ignore this. I’m looking at a total loss for both of you. No sentence is going to be completely justified, but jail is appropriate,” Marrus said.

The judge also granted a request from Sabbagh’s new lawyer Michael Sosnick that his client be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals the conviction — a process that could take another year.

Prosecutors vigorously objected to the request because Sabbagh may flee and will be a sex offender in limbo out in the community.

“I’m looking at a total loss for both of you.” – In case you missed that bit of wisdom from Judge Marrus within the quoted text. It’s a good thing he ensured that he didn’t cause too much hardship for Sabbah when he sentenced him. He’s surely suffered enough.

Breaking: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Announces Resignation

Commissioner Bill Bratton has announced he will be stepping down from the New York Police Department as of next month (September). In recent months the NYPD has faced intense scrutiny as the result of a city-wide scandal involving bribes and preferential treatment by both politicians, including Mayor Bill De Blasio and numerous high ranking NYPD officers.

Rather than being held accountable for their part in that scandal, many of those within the NYPD have instead been allowed to quietly retire while retaining their benefits and pensions. Even as late as a few months ago, Bratton had made statements to the effect that he would not be leaving as commissioner. This sudden and unexpected announcement raises questions about whether even Commissioner Bratton himself may have been implicated in the ongoing and systemic misconduct within the NYPD.

Bratton is being hailed as the most influential commissioner in history and someone who reshaped policing, largely due to the infamous “Broken Windows” model of policing. However, that policy’s emphasis on harassing people for petty, small-time crimes, along with the racist and arbitrary stop and frisk practice of profiling citizens has also led to much criticism towards the NYPD and Bratton himself.

One of the more well known victims of Broken Windows policing was Eric Garner, who was murdered by New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the “crime” of selling single cigarettes on Staten Island. Being choked to death for selling “loosies” obviously was on the extreme scale of the abuses created by policies such as Broken Windows and  stop and frisk and rightfully got much of the attention, however both policies not only allowed but even encouraged daily rights abuses and antagonism between police and the communities they patrolled.

Whether it’s acknowledged or not, that enmity within the neighborhoods they claim to “protect and serve,” along with the burgeoning scandal(s) enveloping New York’s police department and government undoubtedly led to Commissioner Bratton’s resignation. Protests over police brutality and corruption have been a regular even over the past several years. Just two days ago, activists launched an occupation of City Hall to demand Bratton’s firing. The only real question is if more dirt, possibly even involving Bratton himself will be uncovered once he is gone and the dust settles.

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Commissioner Bratton will be replaced by Chief James P. O’Neill, a long standing member of the NYPD. The fact that he has spent 32 years as a member of that corrupt police force and was already seen as the likely successor, makes it unlikely that anything of substance will change within the “World’s Seventh Largest Army.” However, Mayor De Blaiso did indicate that O’Niell will emphasize “community policing,” a sort of “kinder, gentler” form of police harassment accompanied by lots of empty PR posturing, over Broken Windows policies.

As for Bratton, he will be scampering away to a cushy position in the private sector. Although there was no official announcement from the city or Bratton, a spokesman for Teneo Holdings confirmed he would be joining their firm as a senior managing director. The job would entail heading a new division of the corporation known as “Teneo Risk” and would consist of advising corporate executives globally.

Two NYPD Cops Suspended in Bribery Probe Reinstated so They Can Retire as “Good Guys”

NYPD Commisioner Bill Bratton reinstated two of the high ranking New York police officers that had been suspended as part of a wide ranging corruption and bribery probe that includes politicians, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, and cops across the city.

The reason they were reinstated isn’t because they were cleared of involvement in illegal activities. Rather it was to allow them to retire, thereby keeping their pensions and other benefits.

As has already been reported several times here at the CopBlock Network, several high ranking NYPD cops were recently charged criminally in connection to the investigation, while numerous others have fled the force via early retirements in an effort to avoid charges.

One of the most coveted benefits that those NYPD officials attempting to run out the door before it closes by yelling, “you can’t fire me, I quit” will retain is known as a “Good Guy Letter.” Essentially, this amounts to them getting an honorable discharge from the World’s Seventh Largest Army, rather than having the black mark of having been fired on their record.

Via the New York Post:

The move — which ensures the high-ranking cops will get highly coveted, official references from the NYPD — came as Bratton is trying to oust all scandal-tainted brass by the end of the month, sources said Tuesday.

Deputy Chief John Sprague, whom Bratton tapped last year to head a newly created, internal-investigations unit, was placed on “modified duty” June 1 for refusing to answer questions in front of a federal grand jury.

Inspector Peter DeBlasio, operations coordinator for Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, was relieved of his duties on May 18 for the same reason.

NYPD Peter Deblasio

Inspector Peter DeBlasio

But Sprague and DeBlasio were both technically returned to active duty as part of a deal to force their retirements, sources said.

DeBlasio refused to retire while on modified duty because it would have kept him from receiving an NYPD “Good Guy letter,” sources said.

The letter lets ex-cops easily obtain a full-carry pistol permit and is a boon to future employment.

Bratton even noted its importance on Monday while discussing the federal corruption charges filed against Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Sgt. David Villanueva.

A fourth cop, Officer David Ochetal, secretly pleaded guilty earlier and is cooperating with authorities, according to the Manhattan US Attorney’s office.

Bratton agreed to DeBlasio’s demand to be removed from modified duty and DeBlasio put in his retirement papers early last week, sources said.

Sprague also filed for retirement Friday after being returned to active duty, sources said.

Sprague was a particular embarrassment because Bratton hand-picked him to head the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division, sources said.

NYPD John Sprague

Deputy Chief John Sprague

And yes you read that last paragraph right. The guy Commissioner Bratton hand picked to be in charge of investigating allegations of misconduct and corruption amongst other cops is being forced into early retirement as part of a probe into misconduct and corruption. (Not that this is a new trend or exclusive to the NYPD.)

The wording is sorta of ironic though, since it’s almost the same wording used by Ray Liotta when he played former mobster Henry Hill in “GoodFellas” to describe how the Mafia worked:

“You know, we always called each other Good Fellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, ‘You’re gonna like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us…’

See, it’s the highest honor they can give you. It means you belong to a family and a crew. It means that nobody can fuck around with you. It also means you could fuck around with anybody just as long as they aren’t also a member. It’s like a license to steal. It’s a license to do anything.”

That sounds like a pretty good description of how it works for the Gang in Blue also…

Update: High Ranking NYPD Officials Arrested Amid Corruption And Bribery Probe

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and  Deputy Inspector James Grant of the NYPD were among four people arrested today and charged with “conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud” for accepting bribes as part of a city-wide bribery investigation. NYPD Sergeant David Villanueva, of the gun license bureau, was also arrested on charges of conspiring to commit bribery.

Harrington and Grant are accused of acting as a “private police force” for New York-area businessmen in exchange for bribes. Among other things, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has accused them of accepting over $100,000 worth of free flights, prostitutes, and expensive meals from Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg, who was also arrested, as payment for their services.

Via the ABC News:

In exchange for the bribes, Reichberg and others “got a private police force for themselves and their friends,” Bharara said at a news conference. “Effectively, they got ‘cops on call.'”

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington NYPD

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington

The four arrests follow months of revelations that have embarrassed the nation’s largest police department and put Mayor Bill de Blasio on the spot about his campaign financing. Both Reichberg and another businessman who has already pleaded guilty in the case contributed heavily to de Blasio’s campaign.

The mayor, a Democrat, hasn’t been implicated in any wrongdoing.

A criminal complaint accompanying the latest charges described how Reichberg exploited his connections within the police department to speed up gun license processing, make tickets disappear, get police escorts for him and his friends, get assistance from uniformed personnel to resolve personal disputes and boost security at religious sites and events.

Reichberg even managed to get his connections to shut down a lane of the Lincoln Tunnel connecting New Jersey and Manhattan and obtain a police escort for a businessman visiting the U.S., the complaint said.

In return, Reichberg and another businessman showered his favored police officials with well over $100,000 in benefits from 2012 to 2015, including prostitutes, home improvements and prime seats to sporting events, prosecutors said. Harrington and an unidentified police official let a businessman buy dinner once or twice a week for 18 months at expensive Manhattan restaurants, where bills ran $400 to $500, they said.

Among the other favors was $59,000 spent on a private jet in February 2013 that took Reichberg, an unidentified detective and Grant, commander of an Upper East Side precinct, to Las Vegas, the court papers said. The complaint said Reichberg and another businessman arranged for a prostitute to join the flight and spend the weekend with the group, staying in Grant’s luxury hotel room.

NYPD Deputy Inspector James Grant

Deputy Inspector James Grant

According to the complaint, the prostitute told law enforcement agents that Grant and others “took advantage of her services” during the trip.

The court papers also alleged Reichberg and an unidentified real estate businessman who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities wore elf hats as they drove to Grant’s Staten Island home on Christmas 2013 to give Grant a video game system for his children and a $1,000 piece of jewelry for his wife. Authorities said they captured Grant on a recorded telephone call a year later grumbling that his two “elves” did not come for Christmas that year.

The arrests stem from an ongoing corruption investigation that has already led to numerous high ranking NYPD Heroes putting in for retirement hoping to avoid being held responsible for their involvement.

NYPD Officials Detail 2 Bribery Schemes Involving Department Commanders

Corruption Probe Has Sparked “Mass Exodus” Among High-Ranking Officers at NYPD

As of Wednesday, six high ranking NYPD cops have submitted retirement paperwork after the launch of what has been described as a “massive corruption probe.” This probe involves the receipt of cash and favors by officers in exchange for preferential treatment and is part of an even larger probe that has also implicated politicians, including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

In addition, the New York Post has reported that their sources have indicated even the lower ranking officers within the NYPD have begun to question whether there is a double standard among the Good Cops in New York that allows Bad Apples, such as these, to escape any sort of real punishment for obvious and long standing acts of corruption.

Via the New York Post:

Two more high-ranking NYPD officials have filed for retirement amid a sprawling corruption probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.

Deputy Chiefs Andrew Capul and Eric Rodriguez both put in their papers on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of cops who have headed for the door since being relieved of their duties pending investigation in a suspected gifts-for-favors scheme.

One of them, Detective Michael Milici, had his retirement request denied before getting fired last month for refusing to appear at a departmental trial.

The other applications remain pending.

An NYPD official said the planned retirements wouldn’t affect the ongoing investigation and denied that the cops were being forced out — even though Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last month said some may choose to leave to avoid humiliation.

“No one was told to retire. If they’re being advised by their peers, or union, or families, that’s a personal decision,” the official said.

“These guys are making personal decisions. They’re reading the writing on the wall.”

But a rank-and-file source said the situation was “not going over well with us lower-ranking guys.”

“The feeling from the ground troops is that they all should be fired,” the source said.

“If it was us, we would be crucified. Now we’re looking at these chiefs and wondering if there’s a double standard here. Because they’re high ranking, they get to retire, they get to avoid discipline and collect their pension…”

Capul was formerly second-in-command of Patrol Borough Manhattan North, while Rodriguez held the same post in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

They had been reassigned to desk jobs at the School Safety Division in Queens and the Support Services Bureau.

Capul was questioned by the feds about a trip he took to a recent Super Bowl game, sources have said.

In 2010, he was ousted as commander of the 34th Precinct in Upper Manhattan amid a spike in crime there and his public apology to journalist Debbie Nathan over the downgrading of her attempted rape in Inwood Hills Park to a complaint of “forcible touching.”

It’s unclear what Rodriguez did to fall under suspicion, but Brooklyn South covers the 66th Precinct in Boro Park, where officials are investigating ties between the NYPD and members of the Orthodox Jewish Community.

In April, a member of the area’s Shomirim private safety patrol, Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, was charged with bribing cops to score pistol permits for clients he claimed paid him $18,000 a pop for the service.

Whether you want to go with the analogy of rats fleeing a sinking ship or the slightly more apt one of roaches scattering once a light is shined on them, this says a lot about the police culture and the farce that is the internal discipline process within police forces.

The truth is that, in spite of what the NY Post’s sources claim, more often than not police aren’t “crucified” for their transgressions, regardless of how obvious they are. In reality, it’s not at all unusual for cops on any level to be given a pass multiple times throughout their career. Nor is it a new thing for those cops to be allowed to quietly retire with their pension intact once they finally go too far or get caught on camera abusing someone or engaging in some blatant form of corruption.

It’s just another day in the life of the Seventh Biggest Army in the World and for Police Heroes nationwide.