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Embattled NYPD Det. Alleges Race Discrimination

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For Immediate Release

Embattled NYPD Detective David Terrell files claims with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming race discrimination

New York, NY, October 5, 2017 – In a filing with the EEOC against the City of New York, NYPD Detective David Terrell alleges he suffered mental anguish, pain, and suffering when the NYPD failed to protect his legal rights against ‘frivolous’ legal claims initiated against him using alleged unethical legal counsel and failing to promote him to Detective Second Grade

According to the EEOC Charge of Discrimination, Terrell is an 18 year veteran of the NYPD. Terrell has accumulated more than 1,000 arrests while assigned to the 77th and 42nd Precincts. Based upon his training and experience, he developed an interest in suppressing crimes involving gang-related criminal enterprises that destabilize communities of color using larcenies, assaults, drug and firearm trafficking as an income source and tools of terror. Approximately three years ago while assigned to the 42nd Precinct, consistent with his career goals, he received his assignment as the Field Intelligence Officer.

Terrell alleges that after the takedown of The Lyman Place Crew, the largest long-term criminal investigation in the history of the South Bronx, in or around June 2015, the City of New York designated him as a Detective Specialist instead of promoting him to Detective Third Grade. The position of Detective Specialist is analogous to a merit raise without enhanced investigative career opportunities in the Detective Bureau. Terrell claims the City of New York uses the Detective Specialist position to deny African-Americans and other persons of color a ‘fair opportunity’ to compete for enhanced investigative career opportunities as Detective Third, Second and First in the Detective and other investigative bureaus. With such detective designations, the compensation benefits increase consistent with that of a Police Lieutenant.

After the takedown of The Lyman Place Crew, members of the gang along with members of other gangs including The Hilltop Gang led by Mr. Pedro Hernandez aka Pablo ‘BigBank Pablo’ Hernandez began a campaign of filing false allegations of corruption against Terrell, Detective Daniel Brady (Caucasian Male), Sergeant Adrian Uruci (Caucasian Male), other members of the 42nd Precinct and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office. Terrell claims, the City of New York and its mangers including Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill protected Detective Brady and Sergeant Uruci unlike him. Terrell claims, the City of New York and its mangers including Police Commissioner O’Neill never changed Detective Brady or Sergeant Uruci’s duty status.

On August 23, 2017, Terrell filed a Notice of Claim against the City of New York and its managers including Police Commissioner O’Neill alleging its failure to protect the terms and conditions of his employment for their own pecuniary gain. Terrell also alleges corruption against the taxpayers in the claims handling process regarding police misconduct.

Earlier this year, after months of silence regarding public allegations of crimes, misconduct and lawsuits filed against him, Terrell broke his silence. Through the media, Terrell detailed his own allegations of public corruption against him and the taxpayers.

After months of media reports, on September 5, 2017, the City of New York through the Civilian Complaint Review Board cleared Terrell of several allegations of misconduct but, Police Commissioner O’Neill did not restore him to Full Duty status, promote him to Detective Third Grade or transfer him to the Detective Bureau as he did for Detective Brady and Sergeant Uruci.

Terrell claims the City of New York and its managers including Police Commissioner O’Neill is violating the terms and conditions of his employment as protected through Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” -Dr. Dorothy Height.

“See, instead of the NYPD rewarding Detective Terrell with a well-earned designation to Second Grade and transfer to a prestigious assignment in the ‘Bureau’ for the great work cleaning up the community from the grips of gang members, the Department abandoned him, leaving him to battle these gangbangers himself. Although Police Commissioner O’Neill has to do legal authority to remedy this situation, he has done nothing. Therefore, we intend to hold Police Commissioner O’Neill and the Department legally responsible for failing to protect Detective Terrell’s legal rights,” Sanders said.


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Eric Sanders, Esq.
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