New York Daily News
CCRB guy hit as boozy horndog on N’awlins trip
A MEMBER of the city’s police watchdog panel is a hard-drinking hound dog, according to court papers.
Embattled Civilian Complaint Review Board member Bishop Mitchell Taylor got blackout drunk with other city employees during a trip to New Orleans that included him relentlessly hitting on a creeped-out colleague, rushing to a bar bathroom and nearly opening a hotel door into his own head, new filings in Manhattan Federal Court show.
The embarrassing account was submitted by the city Law Department as evidence that alleged instances of sexual harassment predated Tracy Catapano-Fox’s tenure as executive director. The former CCRB member sued the city last year, alleging the board was rife with numbers fudging, boorish behavior and colluded with the NYPD.
Taylor’s bizarre antics during a long night of bar crawling along Bourbon St. on Sept. 20, 2011, which included stops at the Funky Pirate, Maison Bourbon Jazz Club and the Coco Club, according to a letter by Equal Employment Opportunity officer Marcos Soler, who said he saw Taylor put drunken moves on Lisa Cohen, currently the director of mediation at the CCRB, after both threw back shots.
“Bishop Taylor showed signs of being intoxicated. His walking was erratic, at best,” Soler wrote, recalling Taylor rubbing Cohen’s back, which was met “with a move of disapproval.”
During a walk to another bar, Soler recalled Cohen saying Taylor had “been inappropriate” and that she wished her room at the Astor Crowne Plaza were on a separate floor from his.
“I recalled asking her if she wanted to make an evasive maneuver and take a different route to the hotel . . . Bishop Taylor came next to us. This time he put his arms around Lisa Cohen’s upper body and shoulder. Lisa made a move to get rid of him,” Soler wrote.
Much of the horndog hijinks even took place in front of former CCRB Chairman Daniel Chu, according to the letter. The group was in town for the annual National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement conference. As they sat down at the Coco Club, “Bishop Taylor came out running out of the bathroom. His walking was even more erratic than before . . . I went outside and
tried to talk to him. His speech was blurred and distorted.distorted It took me a good 20 yards to figure out what he was trying to say,” Soler recalled.
Taylor asked Soler where their hotel was — which was right across the street. “I decided to hold him as the hotel door almost hit him in the face. His speech was certainly impaired,” Soler wrote.
Taylor denied the account in its entirety.
He added police cleared him of charges for wielding an ax last year at a hotel near the Queensbridge Houses. Catapano-Fox has also accused Taylor of telling a CCRB staffer, “You’re the hot stuff, baby.”
Catapano-Fox’s attorney, Michael Willemin, said it didn’t matter that the incident occurred before his client joined the CCRB because she faced retaliation for investigating it.
“This was swept under the rug for more than two years until Ms. Catapano-Fox brought it to light,” Willemin said.