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NYC Won't Defend Sued Officer

August 03, 2012  | 

New York City has distanced itself from a high-ranking police official accused of firing pepper spray at Occupy Wall Street protesters, taking the unusual step of declining to defend him in a civil lawsuit over the incident.

The decision means Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna also could be personally liable for financial damages that may arise out of the suit, said lawyers familiar with similar civil-rights claims.

The 29-year veteran has asked a judge to reverse the city. "He wasn't doing this as Anthony Bologna, mister. He was doing this as Anthony Bologna, deputy inspector, NYPD," said his lawyer, Louis La Pietra. Mr. Bologna's union, the Captains Endowment Association, is now covering the cost of his defense.

Read the full Wall Street Journal story.

Related:

VIDEO: NYPD Inspector Pepper-Sprays Wall Street Protesters

Tags: NYPD, Lawsuits, Cops Getting Sued, Occupy Wall Street, Police Unions


Comments (12)

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notmeofficer @ 8/6/2012 4:59 PM

If this sticks its time for everyone of us to retire and let the crooks go wild

Robocop @ 8/6/2012 5:18 PM

The City of New York is showing that they will not back their Officers, even the high ranking ones, when there is a controversy. This is nothing short of cowardice IMHO. These "Occupy" people should have been removed the very first day either by pepper spray or physical force and arrested for everything they could legally charge them with. The City belongs to EVERYONE, not just a minor group of anarchists. God Bless and protect you Inspector!

TimFromLA @ 8/6/2012 5:29 PM

It goes to show you that maybe the pogues aren't protected. Good for the City of New York. Now that pogues knows what it's like to get burned by the brass, when the ran and file do their job.

Tom Ret @ 8/6/2012 5:54 PM

TimFrom LA-Everyone on this forum is entitled to their opinion, but why they let cop haters like you put forth your drivel is beyond me. Why don't you go hug a tree or hang out in Berkeley and match wits with some of those folks.

Bob@Az. @ 8/6/2012 6:24 PM

Editor: Can you PLEASE delete timtheidiotfromlas' anti cop rants? I for one am tired of his BS. Robocop, your dead on. The "big apple" is rotten from the mayor (?) down. Blues, watch your six.

Morning Eagle @ 8/6/2012 6:45 PM

The NYC hierarchy is taking cowardly political correctness to disgusting new heights with this one. Hopefully the judge will over rule their cowardice. Robocop and Bob are both right on. And using pepper spary on those "occupy" screwballs is being way too gentle.

Bernie @ 8/6/2012 6:50 PM

I'm pretty tired of TimFromLa too. Maybe a bunch of the "pogues" who are defending Tim from the pukes and pos' that violate the law will back off as Tim wants. Then, they can steal Tim's property, assault him, burn his residence down, and then leave the scene in Tim's vehicle if he has one. And if there is no investigation of this incidence (would TimFromLA actual call something a crime?) I would hope the Tim would maintain his integrity and not file a complaint. He would certainly expect that the City of LA would have nothing to do with such a complaint but there would be no specific officer he could sue. What a shame that would be.

Tschako @ 8/6/2012 8:55 PM

I remember the video of this idiot. The protesters were already in custody, he came out of the crowd, sprayed them and disappeared, leaving the line guys to deal with it. Pretty egregious on his part. I still think the city should defend him before they fire him. Brass asshole.

Tschako @ 8/6/2012 8:58 PM

Don't worry about idiot "timfromla". As soon as he gets robbed, buggered or otherwise assaulted, he'll turn racist and right wing. Most of these guys do.

zach @ 8/7/2012 7:58 AM

I thought in most situations while perforrming ur duty and following use of force contiaum (sorry can't spell) you would be indemfied from lawsuits wasn't this passive resistance???

Mike @ 8/7/2012 9:27 AM

Why would anyone want to work for a department that does not back their officers? Beats me. WOW

Dan @ 8/7/2012 9:29 AM

to Tschako: yeah. Then we will be dealing with them in another Aurora, CO or similar situation. I suppose that will be our fault, as well!

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