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Minority cops say NYPD treats white officers differently
By Kenneth Garger and Amanda Woods
July 6, 2016 | 12:34am

A group of black and Latino NYPD cops Tuesday blasted the department’s handling of minority officers who face disciplinary action, complaining that police higher-up treat white officers — including those tied to the corruption probe — differently.

The minority officers joined community leaders outside Police Headquarters in Manhattan to call for an independent commission to investigate the alleged widespread corruption in the department.

“I have a lot of members that were fired that weren’t allowed to get a ‘good-guy’ letter,” said Julio Diaz, president of the National Latino Officers Association, referring to a document that lets ex-cops easily obtain a full-carry pistol permit, allowing them to get security and other jobs.

Last month, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton quietly reinstated two NYPD bosses — Deputy Chief John Sprague and Inspector Peter DeBlasio – so they could obtain the highly coveted reference letters, police sources said.

“They’re very upset, they’re calling me,” Diaz said of his members. “They cannot believe that chiefs who are getting investigated with corruption charges are getting their good-guy letter.”

Anthony Miranda, executive chairman of the National Latino Officers Association, also railed against the department’s decision to allow the high-ranking cops to keep their pensions amid serious allegations, while rank-and-file minority members are routinely terminated without pensions.

“Here you have two high-ranking members of the police department, and he offers them their pensions in the middle a federal investigation,” Miranda said.

“What about our families? Latino members and African Americans in the New York City Police department were dismissed for minor infractions. Lost their pensions and lost their ability to sustain their lifestyles after their job. Never once did he blink an eye,” he said.

Miranda cited the case of former cop Mannuel Matteo, 47, who was fired from the department in 2009 following perjury accusations that were unfounded – yet he was unable to receive his pension.

Matteo’s alleged false testimony stemmed from an accusation that he was looking for bribes from somebody he was issuing a ticket to, according to Miranda.

“They made a false allegation against him that he had perjured testimony that he received a favor,” said Miranda.

“The investigation didn’t prove that, and he passed every integrity test that they had. And after he passed the lie detector test… they still chose to terminate him and he had an outstanding record and above average evaluation.”

Matteo’s wife spoke out about the financial burden her family suffered after he was let go.

“He was in depression, feeling terrible. It was very hard for him, for myself as a mother of 5 kids. We were in a point to lose our home,” said Maribel Ortiz, 46.

“He was fired that didn’t give him a chance or opportunity [for a pension]. They never found him guilty of anything.”

An NYPD spokesman denied the charge.

“In addition to a highly effective Internal Affairs Bureau and the Department Advocate’s Office, the NYPD is subject to an unprecedented level of external independent oversight from the City Council, an Inspector General, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the Commission to Combat Police Corruption, two U.S. Attorneys, five District Attorneys from the five boroughs of New York City, and the New York State Attorney General,” the rep said.

“All officers are treated the same for both minor and major infractions.”
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