On today’s show Detective Small shares stories of corruption in the police department and one of many police brutality cases he was involved.
But first, we begin our discussion on an article in the NY Daily News on racism at the 66th Precinct.
the 66th covers a mostly diverse community which includes Chinatown, Borough Park and Sunset Park.
It is here that Michael Moy, a 24 year veteran of the department , got into fight with white detectives and was placed on modified duty.
The Asian American detective says he got tired of the “frat house” environment and racist jokes including the mocking of his accent.
Was a fight between the officers the best way to deal with this? How should detective Moy have handled the situation?
Detective Small has a lot of experience in this area that includes one incident that almost cost him his job. Listen:
Racism in the Police Department
According to the complaint filed by veteran Detective Moy he said:
…two fellow detectives “s—canned” cases brought by minority crime victims.
“They don’t get the same quality of investigation as other people,” said Moy. “Especially the Chinese because they don’t speak English, and [detectives] can close the case easily.”
Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President, said a lack of minority representation, as well as cultural sensitivity to diverse populations, have historically been problems for the NYPD.
“People who had English as a second language were always reluctant to report crimes against them,” said Adams. “Because there was not a real welcoming energy from the law enforcement agency. And that is why we seek a diverse detective squad, supervisors and others, so that people can see familiar faces and understand the cultural norms of the communities.”
Moy now works in central booking where he fears for his safety walking unarmed with inmates.
“I went from making robbery arrests and solving burglaries to guarding prisoners,”
Another comes forward
Detective Moy was not the only cop to find problems with the 66th. After Moy filed his EEOC complaint in April, in May Ileen Estevez, a black and hispanic woman filed her complaint.
She makes the same complaints about cops in the department and includes a civilian administrator, Stefanie Basabe, working for the department in her complaint.
In Esteves case she claims to have recordings of the white police officers demeaning victims of crime and the precinct commanding officer, a black deputy inspector.
In one complaint the female civilian Basabe played a clip of the show Dora the Explorer four feet away from the hispanic victim of a crime.
Hindered her growth
Estevez believes the detectives actively tried to hinder her growth opportunities, by refusing to join her on dangerous assignments and playing loud music while she tried to work.
She also blames Basabe for trying to derail her promotion by making “false” reports that involved her. Estevez ultimately was promoted in 2018.