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NYPD Officer Given Promotion After 16 Lawsuits for Misconduct

NYPD Officer Given Promotion After 16 Lawsuits for Misconduct

When a police officer is implicated in 16 civil rights lawsuits, leaving the government to pay more than $300,000 in settlements, most people would think it’s time to terminate the officer’s employment. The New York City Police Department is taking a different approach, however, by awarding the problematic officer with a promotion and raise.

Sergeant Fritz Glemaud is a narcotics officer often assigned to work undercover. Although a member of the police force for nearly two decades, in recent years, he has been the subject of many lawsuits for allegations including excessive force, undue arrests and falsified sworn affidavits.

Despite the ongoing legal drama, last week Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly gave Glemaud a $14,000 raise to go along with a new title: “Sergeant Supervisor Detective squad.” The raise brings Glemaud’s annual salary to $114,474. That’s not counting the tens of thousands he will earn in overtime. In a single year, Glemaud took home more than $37,000 in overtime compensation.

It’s generous payment for a man who is believed to have falsely charged a senior citizen woman with selling cocaine. After Glemaud is said to have strip-searched her and forced her into an embarrassing position, NYC had to shell out $35,000 to settle with the woman.

Another unresolved lawsuit alleges that Glemaud and associates behaved dangerously when doing a narcotic search in a family’s home. Glemaud is accused of shooting the family dog three times for no reason, then falsely arresting the family members on charges that were subsequently dropped.

Police representatives insist that Glemaud’s lawsuit record is blown out of proportion, claiming that because Glemaud works in Narcotics, he encounters career criminals who “know how to work the system.” NYPD spokesperson John McCarthy says, “The fact that an officer is named in a lawsuit is not an indication of wrongdoing… Settlements are straightforward business decisions made by the city and are also not an indication of guilt.”

While a single infraction may not be enough to condemn an offer, a pattern of more than a dozen such charges should probably warrant an investigation rather than a promotion.

Then again, an agency as corrupt as the NYPD may look at Glemaud’s array of civil rights violations as a plus. To a police force that infringes on the human rights and First Amendment rights of protesters, secretly spies on Muslims on a macro level and institutes a stop-and-frisk policy that targets minorities (a program that the city continues to defend despite being found unconstitutional), Glemaud’s lawless way of “enforcing the law” might actually be commendable.

In fact, this incident wouldn’t be the first time NYPD bestowed a promotion on someone with so many complaints. A fellow Narcotics officer, Daniel Sbarras, cost the city $400,000 in settlements after 15 lawsuits, yet was promoted in 2011 anyway.  Only after Sbarra’s checkered history received media attention did the NYPD switch him to desk duty.

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8:19PM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

Nepotism exists everywhere. Case in point.

6:20AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

deeply disturbing!

11:58PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Instead if getting fired he gets a pat on the back, a raise, promotion, and the go ahead to do it again. Wow

1:10PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Remind me to Never visit NYC for any reason while this police force is still in charge. It seems to be thumbing its collective nose at anything remotely resembling human rights - and getting away with it. If the Mayor, or NY Governor, didn't like what they're doing it would be stopped in as heartbeat...say alot.

12:38PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Reprehensible!

7:25PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

The mayor and police chief set the tone for the police force. In our city the mayor and police chief are thoughtful and set up good policies. The result is most officers act accordingly and those who do not clearly know when they are out of line.

I think the mayor and police chief of NYC are the ones encouraging this brutal enforcement. The police are encouraged to think of all citizens as criminals instead of people they are here to serve. This is also encouraged by the NSA who thinks everyone is a terrorist.

8:55AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Put that promotion on hold....an investigation is in order here. This guy is a screw up and an embarrassment to the Police Department, does NOT deserve a medal or promotion. NOPE! NOT A GOOD THING HERE!

7:39AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

The motto "to Serve and Protect" is appropriate if they are serving and protecting their own.

7:07AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Thank you Kevin for Sharing this!

2:21AM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

There are no words ... :(

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