Brooklyn, NY – A civil right complaint filed with the NYPD’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that the 66 Precinct, which covers Borough Park, has “frat house” mentality where minorities are mocked and detectives play video games while earning overtime.
The Daily News (http://bit.ly/2ZOIlPM) reported that 49 year old Detective Michael Moy filed the suit last week. Moy, who has been with the 66 Precinct for 24 years, is a Chinese American, one of many groups that he claimed were belittled by two NYPD detectives named in the suit: 14 year veteran Anthony Carreira and 25 year veteran James Dawson.
According to Moy, he has heard Dawson referring to Jews as “filthy Jews,” “dirty Jews,” and “beards.” Moy alleged that the two detectives have also lampooned African-Americans, Chinese, Muslims, Indians, Mexicans and gays, with both civilians and fellow officers ridiculed. The mockery extends as high as the 66 Precinct’s African-American precinct commander, Deputy Inspector David Wall with the two detectives reportedly playing a video clip of an African-American cartoon character repeatedly as Wall has left the precinct.
Moy also alleged that Carreira and Dawson provide poor service to minorities who report crimes to the precinct.
“They don’t get the same quality of investigation as other people,” said Moy. “Especially the Chinese because they don’t speak English and [detectives] can close the case easily.”
Moy was stripped of his shield and gun, placed on modified duty and sent for counseling and psychiatric treatment last month after getting into an argument with Dawson over the volume of a precinct television set. According to Moy, the environment has worsened since Sergeant Gary Carporale joined the precinct several years ago and was promoted to commanding officer approximately three years ago. Carporale, said Moy, does nothing to stop the abusive behavior.
The NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Phillip Walzak said that the investigation was being taken seriously and that no discrimination would be tolerated. Retired NYPD Captain Warner Frey, the former head of the Detective Bureau Investigations Unit, said that if proven true, Moy’s allegations would “reveal catastrophic failures in professional standards and executive oversight.”
“This situation is another example of the lack of transparency within the Department discipline system and the inability of the Department to police itself,” said Frey.