He did much worse than me but got same hit: cop

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY THOMAS TRACY

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.”

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