Dirty Little Secrets in NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau

Witch hunts, injustice, and just plain incompetence in the secretive police-department-within-a-department

Varney's attorney, Joel Berger, says he's concerned that the case has run aground mainly because three different prosecutors have been assigned to the case, but none of them will return his or Varney's phone calls.

"Suffolk seems to be dragging its feet on the case," Berger says. "Either they aren't interested or maybe Internal Affairs is giving them a hard time. It would be one thing if the cops didn't believe her, but she impresses me as a total innocent. They believed her. So why—suddenly—aren't the prosecutors believing her?"

Varney says she filed a series of complaints with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau about officers at the precinct, including Ellington. She has had no indication that IAB has done anything about those complaints.

Filing a lawsuit as "John Doe," a gay detective in IAB says he is constantly harassed.
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Filing a lawsuit as "John Doe," a gay detective in IAB says he is constantly harassed.
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Internal Affairs, Berger says, doesn't seem to have looked seriously into any of the complaints his client filed. "With IAB, you just never know what's happening," he says. "In the NYPD, it seems that who you know is more important than what you did."

He filed a notice of claim on Varney's behalf in February.

Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney, did not respond to Voice e-mails requesting comment. Mary Skiber, the prosecutor currently assigned to the case, also did not return Voice e-mails.

Ellington is facing another lawsuit for falsely arresting one of Varney's neighbors, Gerardo Mayol, who then suffered a stroke in custody that left him with slurred speech and an unsteady gait.

Mayol claims he was about to testify against Varney in an eviction case brought by their landlord. He claims she got Ellington to send police officers to arrest him on a stalking charge. He claims Ellington threatened to "put my fucking foot up your ass," the lawsuit alleges.

Mayol says he subsequently fell ill, but no ambulance was called until he keeled over from the stroke. He spent 20 days in the hospital. When he returned to his apartment, Ellington visited several times, banging on his door and threatening to arrest him. Mayol's arrest was dismissed.

The lawsuit claims that both Ellington and a "Lieutenant John Doe #1" "were involved in a furtive relationship with Varney." The lawsuit alleges the two officers have "shown themselves to be morally unfit to hold such important and powerful positions in our society."

Varney, for her part, claims that Mayol was harassing her over a period of months. Berger says that she will be dismissed as a plaintiff under the rules for court deadlines.

Mayol is suing Ellington, four other NYPD officers, and Varney for $540 million. Mayol's lawyer, Brian King, has alleged in court documents that the city is dragging its feet in the case, and is demanding a default ruling from the court.

The city has denied the allegations and has asked the judge to delay proceedings until the completion of the Internal Affairs investigation. Earlier this month, a judge agreed to stay the case, but the NYPD Department Advocate's Office has filed preliminary charges against Ellington.

"The Mayol incident occurred in February 2009, and his lawyer filed a notice of claim on May 1, 2009, so Ellington was probably on IAB's radar screen at the time he allegedly pulled his gun on Varney in September 2009," Berger says. "How could a guy like Ellington have gotten away with so much for so long? Who does he know in IAB or elsewhere in the NYPD who has protected him?"

If the mystery in the Ellington case is why IAB took so long to act against him, for Detective Michael DePaolis, the mystery is why IAB acted at all.

For the past six years, DePaolis, an 18-year veteran of the NYPD from Staten Island, has been marooned in a unit where officers spend all day sitting at desks and watching video screens. He gets paid close to $100,000 a year to do that.

DePaolis, however, is on full duty, unlike every other officer in Viper Four, a unit that is mainly staffed by officers on desk assignment with open disciplinary cases. The Viper Four unit monitors video cameras in public-housing developments in Lower Manhattan—and the NYPD also trains cameras on Viper Four to make sure the officers don't wander away from those screens.

DePaolis says the Viper office is dirty, dark, and ridden with rats and mice. He acknowledges that he has struggled with cancer and has bouts of chronic fatigue syndrome, but he has been cleared to work full duty.

Even stranger, he has been repeatedly instructed not to take police action, even when he sees a crime take place right in front of him. He has actually received reprimands for taking action, including responding to a stabbing and an assault.

DePaolis tells the Voice that he desperately wants to return to a detective squad and work cases. So far, no one in the NYPD is listening. "Even if you see someone being raped, you can't do anything," he says. "You can't go anywhere. You can't 'do a great job' and be advantageously transferred. You have a scarlet letter on your head."

So why is he in such limbo? DePaolis says he dared to go outside the department to complain about the way he was treated in a disciplinary case. He made a complaint to the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), the moderately effective oversight body that has a $10 million annual budget to oversee more than 6,000 complaints a year from New Yorkers. The NYPD budget is more than $4 billion.

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ps Lt Agnes opened my case but refused to answer emails asking for Sgt Chen's and Vergona's badge number.


Unlike Lt Angelo Burgos, Sgt Chen. DI Ed Winski, Chief Banks and new commander Timoney responded to me not treating me like IAB players and Lt Agnes of the try not to laugh -- the Integrity Bureau.

Capt Timoney said I am sure IAB will respond promptly. I said no disrespect but IAB responds like a turtle in molasses.


The link has a link in the text portion of Dr Fagelman's Delita Hooks false cross complaint that Det John Vergona used to threatened me with false arrest and finally succeed in coercing me to drop charges Sat Oct 29 2012. Coercion is a serious crime. Check the 2 links. I was clearly the victim but they did a criminal background check on me. I have no record. I will be filing the next stage of my lawsuit against Ray Kelly and IAB head Campisi nov 15 which will have a retaliation page laying out the many reasons NYPD and IAB fixed this like many other crimes like a Las Vegas Casino. Kelly and Campisi notified me via their lawyer they want to defend Det Vergona. IAB let him retire and we could not track him down on Staten Island. The Honorable Judge sided with me and said help me. Ray Kelly and IAB chief let me know where retired cop Vergona lives!!!! One Police Plaza. You all told me Kelly was corrupt! I understand. Ray Kelly taking free rides on Air Bloomberg for him and his wife a big clue. He isn't allowed to take a free cup of coffee.

Vergogna in Italian means shame. I have 2 audios. I at The First Precinct with PO Migori turning me away and Sgt Chen who said I could report Delita Hooks can't muster the courage or humanity to face me, u hear me call DI Winski, IAB and CCRB.

2nd audio IAB Sgt Mary O'Donnell. Both are on YouTube. You hear her say case closed.

IAB lt Fikru said the video speaks for itself but he was only investigation O'Donnell. He won't return my calls.

Time for a new Commission in to NYPD IAB corruption. I will be the 2nd to last to testify and will include Rosemari Nam's motion to dismiss that shows Lt Burgos opened and closed my case for 24 hours. He didn't think Ron Kuby's letter 2 day after my weekend date to be false arrested 19 days after the assault and battery at Dr Fagelman with Drlita Hooks false cross complaint and Ron writing Suzannah Troy drops the charges against her attacker... He uses the word attacker. IAB I learned does not know the meaning of the word "coercion". Coercion is a crime, not a policing tool. I will submit Kelly and Campisi's lawyer letter offering to pay for retired Vergona's legal bills - oops- the tax payers pay for NYPD IAB ........... U fill in the word.


i need to know why is the 70 precents officers only target the minority who live on flatbush. they will arrest this young man on illegal tresspass, even if they know a tenant. no first warning just given them paper trail.when is the injustice going to stop.

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