New York Civil Rights Attorney Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., alleges in a $15 million Notice of Claim filing that the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau is an inept racially and sexually charged corrupt ‘Good Ole Boys’ network operating without any real government oversight
According to the claim, Claimant Retired Detective Second Grade Shirley Pelage says that throughout her assignment in the Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) from July 2, 1999, through her retirement April 13, 2013, under Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Bureau Chief Charles V. Campisi, the ‘Bureau’s’ primary goals were to protect the ‘image’ of the department as opposed to rooting out police corruption that impacts the public safety particularly the African-American and other communities of color.
Pelage claims that IAB intentionally inhibits the oversight and monitoring of the department by the Commission to Combat Police Corruption; the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board; as well as the District Attorneys of New York, Bronx, Queens, Kings and Richmond Counties, this is accomplished by frustrating the process of obtaining relevant or pertinent information by providing ‘sanitized’ or ‘misleading’ information thereby impacting the public safety particularly the African-American and other communities of color.
IAB intentionally misleads the public and jeopardizes the public safety by promoting an ‘image’ of openness and fairness in policing meanwhile covering up its own serious corruption problems. Pelage claims that IAB is rife with problems of intentionally ‘mishandling’ police corruption cases; misusing public funds; misusing department equipment (radio motor patrol vehicles, cellular telephones, EZ Passes, helicopters, etc.), as well as racism, sexism, nepotism and cronyism. Promotions and preferred assignments are given according to the employees’ race and their affiliations with the bulk given to ‘unqualified’ Caucasian Male employees’ to the detriment of African-American Male and Female employees’. Females in particular, have to engage in the stereotypical behaviors of being subservient to primarily Caucasian Male police supervisors by acting as their ‘personal secretaries, paramour or sex partners.’ Females particularly African-Americans who do not go along with such behaviors are not promoted or given preferred assignments.
Pelage claims that IAB intentionally circumvent the ‘Fitness for Duty’ rule by ordering Duty Inspectors and Captains to not ‘order’ officers involved in firearm discharges to submit to a ‘Breathalyzer Test’ unless there is an ‘injury’ or ‘death’ this is done to protect the department and primarily Caucasian Male Officers from potential criminal and civil liability.
Working within IAB there is no ‘confidentiality’ as soon as a complaint is filed by a civilian against an officer, such complaint is immediately made known to the officer’s commanding officer compromising the investigation and the civilian’s personal safety. There is also no ‘confidentiality’ as soon as a complaint is filed by an employee, such complaint is immediately circulated throughout the Command Center, the assigned group as well as the reporting employee’s commanding officer compromising the investigation and the employee’s personal safety.
More importantly, Pelage claims that IAB uses a flawed and biased ‘quota’ system as a means to increasing its ‘numbers’ making it appear that they are being ‘proactive’ investigating police corruption when in fact, they are using such mechanisms as Integrity Tests (Random and Targeted), EDITS, AWARES and prisoner debriefings to intentionally ‘suppress’ the reported ‘numbers’ of police corruption and civilian complaints filed primarily by African-American Male civilians and employees’ against Caucasian Male officers.
Pelage claims that IAB intentionally target primarily African-American Male employees’ with ‘bogus’ investigations when there is no basis for either initiating an investigation against them or continuing with an investigation even after there is ‘no evidence’ of police misconduct. Further that, IAB intentionally violates the civil rights of primarily African-American Male employees’ by changing their duty statuses and suspending them for extended periods of time without any legal basis.
IAB supervisors intentionally assign minorities particularly African-American Males and Females to work as undercover investigators then use such assignments to deny them promotions and other preferred assignments.
Pelage says “there is ‘no viable mechanism’ to file ‘corruption’ complaints against IAB by employees’ of the ‘Bureau’ because as soon as a complaint is filed by such employee, such complaint is immediately made known to Bureau Chief Charles V. Campisi who immediately suppresses the complaint to protect his own self-interest compromising the investigation and the employee’s personal safety. Further that, there is ‘no viable mechanism’ to file ‘discrimination’ complaints against IAB by employees’ of the ‘Bureau’ because as soon as a complaint is filed by such employee, Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Neldra M. Zeigler immediately notifies Bureau Chief Charles V. Campisi, they then conjunctively suppress the complaint to protect the department’s and their own self-interests compromising the investigation and the employee’s personal safety.”
Pelage claims that as a result of her and other similarly situated African-American Male and Female employee’s rejecting the aforementioned and other related conduct, they were not promoted consistently as Caucasian employees’ nor given preferred assignments.
“Needless to say, the Internal Affairs Bureau is long overdue for a top-to-bottom review. There is currently no viable meaningful mechanism available to protect the Civil Rights of the general public or NYPD employees from corrupt police officers.” Eric Sanders says.
The Sanders Firm, P.C., is a nationally recognized law firm located in New York, NY, serving clients throughout the five (5) boroughs of the City of New York: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island as well as Nassau, Orange, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties, focused on cases involving Civil Rights, and Civil Service Law