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William Bratton: No more NYPD sanctions ‘at this juncture’

NYPD head Bill Bratton speaks to the media

NYPD head Bill Bratton speaks to the media at One Police Plaza in Manhattan on March 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

The NYPD for the moment has seen the last of the punishment handed out to mostly high ranked brass in the wake of the latest corruption investigation, commissioner William Bratton said Monday.

Asked if he is planning to sanction more cops with modified duty or transfers as the corruption probe unfolds, Bratton respond “not at this juncture.”

Bratton, who just returned from an official trip to the Mideast Monday, said he received a full briefing on the joint NYPD-FBI probe from Joseph Resnick, his deputy commissioner in charge of internal affairs.

There were no new surprises in the case and Bratton signaled that — for now — no more heads would roll.

“In terms of myself, here at this juncture is pretty much what we are aware of this point in time,” explained Bratton.

The latest investigation has led to eight officers, most those of higher rank, being transferred or placed on modified assignment, the latter meaning their guns and shields have been taken away. The probe into the NYPD officials for allegedly taking gifts from two Borough Park businessman in return for favors is related to an investigation into fundraising by Mayor Bill deBlasio and his aides, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The probe has led to criminal charges against two civilians but not public officials or police officers. Among those charged earlier this month were Hamlet Peralta, a Manhattan restauranteur who was accused of running a $12 million Ponzi scheme. Peralta’s now defunct Hudson River Cafe restaurant was, according to sources, frequented by some police brass.

Last week, Alex Lichtenstein, a member of a Borough Park safety patrol, was arrested on a federal complaint accusing him of trying to pay bribes in an effort to help him get pistol permits from the NYPD license division. Lichtenstein would charge his clients as much as $12,000 to facilitate their efforts to get the permits, according to the complaint. He has denied any wrongdoing.


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