June 1, 2016
NYPD Scandal Continues To Grow
Two more high-ranking NYPD officials have filed for retirement amid a sprawling corruption probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.
Deputy Chiefs Andrew Capul and Eric Rodriguez both put in their papers on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of cops who have headed for the door since being relieved of their duties pending investigation in a suspected gifts-for-favors scheme.
One of them, Detective Michael Milici, had his retirement request denied before getting fired last month for refusing to appear at a departmental trial.
The other applications remain pending.
An NYPD official said the planned retirements wouldn’t affect the ongoing investigation and denied that the cops were being forced out — even though Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last month said some may choose to leave to avoid humiliation.
“No one was told to retire. If they’re being advised by their peers, or union, or families, that’s a personal decision,” the official said.
“These guys are making personal decisions. They’re reading the writing on the wall.”
But a rank-and-file source said the situation was “not going over well with us lower-ranking guys.”
“The feeling from the ground troops is that they all should be fired,” the source said.
“If it was us, we would be crucified. Now we’re looking at these chiefs and wondering if there’s a double standard here. Because they’re high ranking, they get to retire, they get to avoid discipline and collect their pension.”
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Capul was formerly second-in-command of Patrol Borough Manhattan North, while Rodriguez held the same post in Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.
They had been reassigned to desk jobs at the School Safety Division in Queens and the Support Services Bureau.
Capul was questioned by the feds about a trip he took to a recent Super Bowl game, sources have said.
In 2010, he was ousted as commander of the 34th Precinct in Upper Manhattan amid a spike in crime there and his public apology to journalist Debbie Nathan over the downgrading of her attempted rape in Inwood Hills Park to a complaint of “forcible touching.”
It’s unclear what Rodriguez did to fall under suspicion, but Brooklyn South covers the 66th Precinct in Boro Park, where officials are investigating ties between the NYPD and members of the Orthodox Jewish Community.
In April, a member of the area’s Shomirim private safety patrol, Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, was charged with bribing cops to score pistol permits for clients he claimed paid him $18,000 a pop for the service.
Massive corruption probe is sparking an exodus at the NYPD
By Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
New York Post
June 1, 2016 | 12:04pm | Updated