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Two High-Ranking NYPD Officers Stripped of Guns and Badges Amid FBI Probe

April 07, 2016  | 

Two high-ranking NYPD officials have been stripped of their guns and badges Thursday morning amid an FBI probe of suspected corruption in the department, reports the New York Post.

Deputy NYPD Inspector James Grant, commander of the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct, and Deputy Housing Chief Michael Harrington were placed on modified duty and transferred, Police Commissioner William Bratton announced.

"This is not a particularly good day for the department," Bratton said at a press conference.

The action against Grant was taken hours after The Post reported that he allegedly accepted diamonds and cash from one of the businessmen at the center of the federal probe.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn South Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez and Deputy Chief David Colon have also been transferred, though not stripped of their guns and badges, police said.

A high-ranking source told The Post: "I'm disappointed. It's a distraction and it takes away from all the good work that we've done."

Bratton said he met with Diego Rodriguez, the assistant director of the FBI, and his team at police headquarters on Thursday morning to discuss the probe.

"The NYPD initiated an investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau at the end of 2013," he said in the statement.

Asked why it took this long to place the high-ranking cops on modified duty, he said: "All of you are very familiar with these investigations. They take time."

Comments (8)

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Percy @ 4/7/2016 5:56 PM


Well not really.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/7/2016 7:27 PM

Shocking. Well really.

Leonard @ 4/7/2016 8:09 PM

It's always sad when public officials abuse their position. This can happen anywhere and in any profession.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/7/2016 9:32 PM

We'll find out if they are guilty of whatever crime they allegedly committed. There's really no info on this one, so I can't say what I think yet.

kevCopAz @ 4/9/2016 7:41 AM

Agreed little comment until some facts come out. Yet its very abnormal for high ranking officers like this (several at a time even more so) to be "caught up" in a probe. Further the way we all know Departments are the mere fact that they are even investigated is a rare thing in itself. These high ranking types lead and direct investigations all the time on lower ranks but rarely turn the looking glass towards themselves. I would guess that if not for an outside agency being involved, this would never have come to life. I may be way off, but it is interesting that the head of the N.Y. State Police also resigned without notice around this same time and he is a former Chief with NYCPD. Same timing, coincident? Possibly and probably but interesting . This will be a story we need to know all the facts about to see if other high ups are involved. We also need to know all the facts and make sure its not hushed up so that the NYCPD can show that they are doing the right thing.

kevCopAz @ 4/9/2016 7:46 AM

One more comment, is it not stange that we never (very rarely at the least) hear of any such probes or investigations into or about the Federal Agencies like FBI, DEA. BATF or Justice? Don't think they are perfect or different then other LEOS, people are people and things happen everywhere. Me thinks I ask an obvious question with an obvious answer, that no other agency probes or investigates those Federal Agencies. Who watched the "watcher"? This is another reason why Federal "investigations" are sometimes suspect, they hide their own dirt and then stand on a soap box pointing fingers at "those locals". Perhaps a real DOJ should be much more forth coming with investigations within and they would have more credibility to the public and look less political.

OK then @ 4/9/2016 12:20 PM

I for one am glad that it is the brass caught up in whatever this will pan out to be for a change.

John retired IA PD @ 4/10/2016 3:35 PM

What ever happened to those responsible for Fast and Furious?

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