If you’re surrounded by a Blue Wall of Silence, nobody can hear you scream in ache.
An NYPD police officer who suffered a large knee damage when he was attacked by a fellow cop whereas on responsibility claims he was pressured to lie in regards to the incident by his superiors, who inspired him to inform everybody he slipped on the grass.
But the lie Police Officer Donald Alexandre was requested to maintain didn’t maintain, and now he and 6 different officers — together with his sergeant, lieutenant and his union delegate — are dealing with departmental costs for ignoring the combat and the cop’s accidents as he was allegedly inspired to falsify stories, division officers mentioned.
“I assume that is what the Blue Wall of Silence is,” Alexandre, 46, instructed one in all his superiors when he was knowledgeable that it was in his greatest pursuits to say that he slipped as an alternative of being pushed to the bottom by Police Officer Erik Martinez in Riverside Park about four a.m. on Aug. 1, 2015.
Testifying at his disciplinary listening to Thursday, Alexandre mentioned he wished to talk with Martinez about an earlier snub.
Each males have been working a shift on the 24th Precinct on the Higher West Aspect.
However Martinez simply went nuts, the 12-year NYPD veteran claimed.
“You wish to f—–g discuss?” Martinez screamed as he bought out of the squad automotive and started shucking off his gun belt, shirt and bullet-resistant vest, Alexandre remembered.
Then Martinez shoved him to the bottom, Alexandre mentioned.
“One thing popped in my knee as I fell to the bottom,” he mentioned. Writhing in ache, Alexandre known as Lt. Roger Lurch to the scene and requested him to summon an ambulance.
However his superior wished to take one other method to the incident, he claimed.
“Out of everybody out right here, who has essentially the most to lose?” Alexandre remembered Lurch saying to him.
“That is going to affect your paid element and your time beyond regulation.”
Sgt. Jermaine Oden and Police Officer James Duprey, the precinct’s delegate for the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Affiliation, backed up Lurch’s suggestion that Alexandre change his story and declare he suffered an accident.
His associate, Police Officer Danielle Orapallo, and Martinez’s associate, Police Officer Gregory Donato, additionally joined in, claiming they by no means noticed the combat, though they have been just a few ft from the scuffle.
After telling his medical doctors and fellow cops that he slipped, Alexandre admitted to a different precinct lieutenant that he was injured in a combat — launching an Inside Affairs Bureau investigation.
Martinez finally admitted to attacking Alexandre, and pleaded responsible to combating with one other officer whereas on responsibility.
Alexandre suffered a rupture to his patellar tendon and wanted two surgical procedures, his legal professional Angelo MacDonald mentioned Friday.
“Having suffered the damage he did, which required surgical procedure, not as soon as however twice, he realized that this isn’t proper and he needs to ensure folks know the reality,” MacDonald mentioned.
Attorneys for the opposite officers deny the costs, claiming Alexandre did slip and is fibbing in regards to the combat to bolster a lawsuit he filed in opposition to Martinez and the division.
“One factor will grow to be very clear on this case,” mentioned legal professional Stuart London, who’s representing Duprey. “Officer Alexandre is a liar.”