He did much worse than me but got same hit: cop
An NYPD detective brought up on departmental charges for challenging another officer to a sanctioned boxing match received the same discipline as a highway cop accused of roughing up his girlfriend, the Daily News has learned.
After their department trials, Detective David Terrell and Police Officer Christopher Rivera were both placed on dismissal probation for a year, meaning that if they get in trouble again, they will be fired. They were also both forced to forfeit 30 vacation days as a penance.
Terrell, 45, was found guilty of arguing and being discourteous after he was pulled over by — of all people — Rivera for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle near the Bronx Criminal Court on May 2, 2016.
A few hours after that car stop, the two ran into each other, and Terrell recommended they settle their differences at the next “Smoker” — a grudge match hosted by the department's boxing team. Rivera, 35, reported the detective to the Internal Affairs Bureau, saying Terrell threatened his life.
“That's disgraceful,” said one police source about Terrell being penalized. “Cops challenge each other to Smokers all the time on social media. So should all of those guys get hit with charges?”
A year after his run-in with Terrell, Rivera was arrested for assaulting his girlfriend during National Police Week in Washington D.C., sources with knowledge of the case said. The NYPD charged him with assaulting someone while off duty, and for being unfit for duty after “consuming an intoxicant.”
Critics charge that the heavyhanded penalty against Terrell is just another example of the uneven punishments handed out to officers after department disciplinary hearings in police headquarters.
A recent News expose of disciplinary cases showed that one cop accused of “wrongfully using a Taser” on someone while on duty only lost 15 vacation days — 15 less than Terrell. Another officer accused of wrongful use of force got a 20-day hit — 10 fewer than Terrell.
The department would not say why Terrell and Rivera received the same penalty although dismissal probation is only given to “serious cases of misconduct.”