Urban police forces and the Left: Shady Connections

Important stories on the connection between urban police forces and the Left.

Officer Frank Palestro, the latest cop to call foul on corruption in the NYPD, has gotten serious flak from his fellow police and the union, though he maintains he was just doing his duty. The union delegate and nine-year police veteran was outed after secretly reporting Lt. Susana Seda for behavior such as telling cops to write summonses for traffic violations they didn’t witness, refusing to take complaints and tampering with a gun at a crime scene. Since then, he’s been transferred so he won’t have to deal with the wrath of his peers in the precinct. “I was the [Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association] delegate, and now I’m labeled a rat for doing what I was supposed to do,” said Palestro. “This will stay with me for the rest of my career.”

According to Palestro, union reps rarely report the infractions of their fellow officers. “I wrestled with it for a while because I’m a delegate and we don’t do things like this,” he told the Daily News. In the end he made three anonymous phone calls reporting corruption within his precinct, but the log of his calls somehow made its way into the vents of his locker at the stationhouse! “[Seda] told everybody I was a ‘f—— rat,'” he said, adding that the union has also reprimanded him. So far no action has been taken against the accused lieutenant.

Palestro’s allegations follow a study that revealed widespread and deeply ingrained corruption regarding how the NYPD’s crime statistics are obtained, as well as whistleblowing by several other members of the force.


“Officers were under constant pressure to keep those numbers high to prove that they were doing their jobs, even when there was little justification for it. Like a drumbeat, this mandate was hammered home again and again in almost every roll call.

“Again, it’s all about the numbers,” a Sergeant D. tells his officers on October 18, 2009.

Command often set up special summons duty to artificially increase the numbers of tickets issued. On December 13, 2008, there was this from a Sergeant E.: “In order to increase the amount of C summonses patrol is writing, they are going to try to, when they can, put out a quality-of-life auto. Your goal is to write C summonses, all right?”

A “C summons” requires a warrant check and covers a wide range of offenses, like public drinking, disorderly conduct, littering, blocking the sidewalk, and graffiti. An “A summons” is for illegal parking, and a “B summons” is for traffic violations like running a red light or using a cell phone while driving.

Certainly, there’s enforcement value to issuing tickets and stopping people on the street, but the true value of this “activity,” the tapes indicate, was that it offered proof that the precinct commander and his officers were doing their jobs. With those numbers, the precinct boss could go to police headquarters with ammunition. Low numbers meant criticism and demotion; high numbers meant praise and promotion.”

This is a bureaucratic state. One designed to prevent the police from controlling the people. Instead, control of the people falls into the hands of public sector unions, SEIU, ACORN, or Rainbow Coalition type orgs in the big cities.

It reinforces the concept of a Democrat fiefdom in the big cities. Those cities are no longer in the hands of anything resembling democracy or rule of law. While this has not reached every city, county, or state in America, it has spread more than people have realized. Certainly that is true, given people’s surprise over Obama. The idea that it couldn’t happen here has already been pierced by the realization that it will happen, that it has already happened in large parts.

The connection here is between how unions protect the police and how the police specifically are attempting to cover themselves by making more petty crime up while pretending that the serious crimes didn’t happen. This isn’t a police state. It’s more like a Leftist fiefdom called Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, etc.

Rudy G was said to have cleaned that place up, but obviously he only affected it temporarily. Once the political pressure was off, they were back in the same game they always were in. And the results will be the same.

8 Pac Of The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association

Pet issues: Keeping police brutality an internal affair; guarding pensions and salaries.

Favorite politicians: Councilman Noach Dear, Councilman Sal Albanese, and anybody who’s against Rudy Giuliani–for the moment.

The PBA’s power was never more evident than last year, limits law. when the state legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of a police union-backed bill allowing New York City contract arbitration to be settled by the state’s Public Employee Review Board. It was one of the very few times this century that a Governor’s veto has been overridden.

Pataki, who was doing a rare favor for Mayor Giuliani in opposing the bill, won in the end: the veto override was itself over ridden by the courts. Previously, the mayor and the union had been strong allies, joined in their opposition to Mayor Dinkins and to (TWU).the appointment of an all-civilian complaint review board to examine police misconduct. But the love-in has turned to loathing over the contract issue, and what the Cop-PAC does in ‘97 could have a big impact on Giuliani’s reelection prospects.

The PAC raised $170,000 in contributions during 1996 and gave most of it to state lawmakers, coinciding with the campaign to defeat Pataki and Giuliani’s arbitration efforts. They are likely to raise more as the mayor’s race approaches.

Not surprisingly, the bulk of the donations to city candidates went to state lawmakers who represent white, middle- class sections of Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, where a large number of officers live. The Rudy-PB A grudge played a big part in Cop-PAC’s successful campaign to defeat pro-Rudy incumbent Bob DiCarlo, a GOP state senator from Bay Ridge. Mayoral candi-date Sal Albanese raked in $3,000 last year, but the largest donation went to Borough Park Councilman Noach Dear ($3,500), who is planning on running for Congress in 1998.

Ten Pac

This essentially sets up a fight between the police and Rudy. But why? Shouldn’t police officers wish to see New York more safe and more secure, given Rudy’s record? Of course if something else was going on with the police…

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