2011 Criminal Justice Year In Review: NYPD Faces Ticket-Fixing Scandal, Occupy Wall Street Protesters
The New York City Police Department faced a slew of challenges in 2011, from the ticket-fixing scandal that left 16 officers facing charges to the arrest of over 1,000 Occupy Wall Street protesters. NY1’s Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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Sixteen officers from the Bronx are charged with ticket fixing—making summonses issued to family and friends disappear.
Several officers from Brooklyn on the wrong side of the law are arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell illegal guns.
Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata beat rape charges, but they're convicted of official misconduct for going to a drunk woman's apartment several times while on duty without notifying their precinct. They're fired.
The departmental trial of Detective Gescard Isnora results in a recommendation for his firing. He fired the first shot at Sean Bell, causing officers to fire 50 shots in all at the unarmed man killing him.
Federal prosecutors charge an officer from Staten Island with violating the civil rights of a black man. Michael Daragjati is accused of falsely arresting the man and using a racial slur against him.
Several officers are being investigated for possible racist remarks on Facebook, calling West Indian Day Parade-goers “animals.” Councilman Jumaane Williams is wrongfully arrested at the parade, but some officers who worked at the parade enjoyed themselves and were caught on video dancing sexually.
Police arrest more than 1,000 at Occupy Wall Street. Some say the NYPD acts overly aggressive, and even ranking deputy inspectors are caught on video punching protesters and using pepper spray.
Police say they stop two potential terror attacks. The FBI declines to step in, saying the alleged cases couldn't be successfully prosecuted federally. The Manhattan district attorney brings state charges.
The NYPD continues its assault on crime. As of December 18, murders are down six percent year-to-date compared to the same time period in 2010, but shootings, rapes and felony assaults are slightly up.
And sadly, the veteran Officer Peter Figoski makes the ultimate sacrifice. He is shot and killed while responding to a robbery in Brooklyn.
Also in Brooklyn, Officer Alain Schaberger dies after falling off of a stoop while responding to a domestic violence case.