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Nassau Union Blames Retired NYPD Sgt. for Friendly Fire Death

March 16, 2011  | 

The Nassau, N.Y., police union is blaming a retired NYPD sergeant who apparently caused the confusion that resulted in the friendly fire death of Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf, reports myFoxNY.com.

Nassau PBA President James Carver said that retired NYPD Sgt. John Cafarella is known to show up uninvited at crime scenes.

"He was in background... being a nuisance," Carver said of Cafarella.

Carver claims Cafarella yelled "gun," causing the confusion that led to an MTA police officer fatally shooting Officer Breitkopf.

Read the full story at MyFoxNY.com.

Related:

Retired NYPD Sgt. Yelled "Gun" In Friendly Fire Incident

Tags: NYPD, Retired Officers, Nassau County (N.Y.) PD


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Michael @ 3/17/2011 2:44 PM

Well, this is still a waste of an officers life. I work in a PD on the West Coast, so I am alittle confused on why the officer(Nassau PD) was there if he was off duty, or was he Dispatched? Also, why does this NYPD Sgt. (Retired) feel the need to show up on calls, someone needs to tell him to back off or go back to work. This is not the norm for us out here, especially if it is not your co-workers on scene where you would be easily recognized. This is why this is such a waste of life and a lesson to all of us. Especially if you are armed, hold your badge up and verbally identify yourself. Just common sense stuff could save your life, still very sad all the way around.

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