New Meaning For “Protect And Serve” In New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is not a condemnation of all police. It is a commentary on bad cops, the power they wield contrary to the public trust, and those both in outside the ranks that support police blindly.

New York police in at least four precincts are either under arrest, suspended or being investigated for protecting a prostitution and gambling ring. For their services, the police allegedly received massages and sex for the officers’ complicity in the illegal activities.

Three sergeants, two detectives and two police officers were arrested and stripped of their guns and shields after they were taken in for questioning by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Two other detectives were not criminally charged, but were placed on modified duty and forced to turn in their weapons and badges. They are expected to face departmental charges.

More than a dozen other cops are being investigated and could face internal charges later.

Sources said a large chunk of the investigation centered around the Brooklyn South Narcotics Squad.

The article states that the officers were brought into the crime ring by a retired NYPD Detective with ties to organized crime.

The officers allegedly provided a shady safety net for prostitution and gambling rings, which sources described as not being “high end.”

As part of the protection, the officers allegedly tipped off the honchos about investigations into their illegal business.

When we first read the article, we thought “New York has thousands of officers. Seven bad apples in the Big Apple is too many, but it is not like this was well known.”

That was before we read this line:

How To (Illegally) Get A Gun And Permit In New York City.

Alex Lichtenstein had a hot business going.

In New York City, where it is down right impossible to get a permit for a weapon, Lichtenstein had a way to get around that little roadblock of permits being denied to honest citizens.

For $18,000 you could pay Lichtenstein and he would come back to you later on and have a perfectly valid gun permit enabling you to go purchase a gun and keep it in the city. The “illegal” part of “How to Illegally Get A Gun and Permit in New York City” comes into play when one sees how Lichtenstein was obtaining the permits.

A Brooklyn volunteer safety patrol member was charged Monday with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests, and three officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe.

Shaya (Alex) Lichtenstein, 44, was so cozy with cops in the License Division that he’d spent nearly every day inside the office in police headquarters since 2014, federal court papers say.

Yep. To get the permits, Lichtenstein was bribing police officers who were in charge of the permitting process.

The amount of bribes to the officers were not too shabby when put together:

The Sound You Just Heard Was Us Screaming In Anger.

Felx Cross was a 61 year old, beloved teacher at the Williamsburg Charter High School in Williamsburg, New York.

We use the past tense for Mr. Cross because on July 6, 2013, the Spanish teacher was run over by a New York Police Department van driven by Officer Paula Medrano. After being struck, Cross was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he died that night.

A local camera recorded the accident.

Cross was walking in the crosswalk, with the light when he was struck by Medrano.

What happened after this?

Nothing. Not one daggone thing.

A Spanish teacher who was hit and killed by a marked police van in Williamsburg had the right of way — but the plainclothes cop driving the vehicle is not likely to be charged, sources said.

“It was a tragic, unfortunate accident,” a police source told The Post.

Felix Coss, 61, had the pedestrian signal as he finished crossing Broadway at Hooper Street at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, sources said.

The veteran female officer was making a left-hand turn from Hooper Street to Broadway and failed to see the Coss, a teacher at the Beginning with Children Charter School, a source said. Coss was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No criminality and no traffic-law violations are suspected, police said.

Witnesses say that Medrano was on her cell phone at the time of the accident.

NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit subpoenaed Medrano’s phone records because Medrano refused to hand over the cell phone:

A livery car driver, who saw the accident from across the street but would not give his name for fear of the police, said he saw the officer talking on her phone at the time of the accident.

“She had her phone up to her ear,” said the man who would only give his name as Elvis. “She didn’t yield. She didn’t see him until she hit him.”

Elvis said he saw Medrano get out of the car with a worried expression and start apologizing.

Investigators asked for her phone immediately after the accident but Medrano refused to hand it over, telling them that they would have to subpoena her for the records, police sources said.

News outlets and bloggers have asked for the records and other information now that the investigation is closed. The NYPD, however, have refused to allow the public to view the records:

No Good Deed Goes Unregulated By The Government.

NY-Cancer-Ride-ROHImagine if you will, volunteering your time to help cancer patients get to and from the hospital. You and others volunteer your time at no charge help others.

Imagine if you will, stopping to pick up a patient who flags you down by waving at you.

Imagine if you will, picking up the patient and as you head to the hospital, you are stopped by a “New York Taxi and Limousine Commission” (TLC) officer, issued a summons, and your car towed, leaving you and the cancer patient stranded for a time.

That is exactly what happened to Yeshaya Liebowitz of New York.

Yeshaya Liebowitz, a 25-year-old volunteer driver for the Borough Park organization Chesed, was pulled over 8:30 a.m. Monday after he appeared to pick up an illegal street hail, the TLC said.

“I said I didn’t pay him anything,” said his passenger, a 54-year-old grandmother traveling to Manhattan for a 9:30 a.m. chemotherapy appointment who declined to give her name. “It’s a volunteer organization.”

Another officer told her they had already written out the summons, and there was nothing they could do, the grandmother added.

“This is his good deed, and he got slapped in the face for it,” she added. “It’s hard for people to understand that people do good. He just did this out of the kindness of his heart.”

Liebowitz was incensed that his 2014 Altima was seized while trying to take two patients to Manhattan hospitals.

“I tried to explain to him that I drive people to the hospital. I don’t do it for money– I pay the tolls, I pay for gas, I pay my time,” he said. “The woman tried to explain to him that she is a cancer patient, and I have to go to the hospital. He just ignored them.”


Speaking Truth To Power (Companies.)

Here in Florida, we are not unfamiliar with the devastation and anxiety a hurricane brings. So when mega-storm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York a few weeks ago, we understood the heartache and the uncertainty many of the people are going through.

While the damage is extensive and of course ranges from homes being totally wiped off the face of the earth, to trees down, to a few shingles being blown off a roof to just getting wet when you walked outside, one of the main challenges for the people in the affected areas has been the loss of electrical power.

We know how that plays out. The loss of power is one thing that when restored, gives people the most sense of safety and normalcy in their lives. When a disaster hits an area, power companies across the land send resources to the affected region to help restore power to homes and businesses. People want – and people pay – to have the power restored quickly and hopefully efficiently.

We doubt if either “restored” or “efficiently” applies to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

As part of the restoration of power, LIPA requires an inspection of the home by a licensed electrician. And not just any licensed electrician. No, that would make too much sense. The electrician must be licensed within the city in which the home or business exists. This means that homes can’t be inspected by electricians from other cities or other counties.

The electrician fills out a form certifying the structure is safe and then LIPA will turn the power back on.

Where do you get the form?

Which One Is The Prostitute?

To the left is a picture of two women – the one on the left is named “Vivian Ward.” The one on the right is named “Ashley Alexandra Dupre.”

Quick quiz: which one of the two is the prostitute?

Of you chose the woman on the left, you’d be wrong. “Vivian Ward” is the name of the character played by Julia Roberts in the movie “Pretty Woman.”

So if you guessed the woman on the right, Ashley Alexandra Dupre, you were right. Ms. Dupre was one of the high priced call girls involved in the prostitution scandal that forced the resignation of former New York governor Elliot Spitzer.

We usually don’t play the game of “who’s the prostitute” here on Raised on Hoecakes, but we asked to illustrate a point.

The City of New York has just passed a law holding cab drivers responsible if they take a prostitute somewhere in their cab.

Under the legislation, city taxi and livery drivers would face up to a $10,000 fine and lose their New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission licenses if convicted of a felony related to sex trafficking.

Drivers will be required to take a course that will aid them in spotting what a hooker looks like.


New York Mayor Bloomberg To Seize Stanley Cup.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York announced Thursday he plans on seizing the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup when it visits New York.

The Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Monday night to claim hockey’s Holy Grail, besting the Devils four games to two.

Kings’ forward Dustin Brown and defenseman Rob Scuderi are from New York. Traditionally, the Stanley Cup spends a day with each team member of the Stanley Cup Champion during the off season.

“Other than marrying my wife and the birth of my kids, this is the best day of my life,” an emotional Brown said “I can’t wait to get this thing home and let my parents see it. They are the real reason I am here.”

“Homosexuals Are Criminals.” Let The Lawsuits Begin.

This is from one from the files of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

A Pakistani Muslim is suing the [New York Police Department] because he says he was denied admission to the Police Academy in part because he told a police shrink that gays are “criminals.”

According to the New York Daily News, the 23 year old unidentified man worked as an auxiliary police office and applied to the police academy. During the applications process, the man answered a question that caught the attention of the those in charge of the application process.

His lawyer, Jerold Levine, said that in a 2009 written application the man answered “yes” to the question: “Should homosexuals be locked up?”

In a followup interview, the applicant told an NYPD psychologist that homosexuality is “against his religion” and that “homosexuals are criminals.”

So now the guy is suing the police department for religious discrimination because the department denied him entrance into the academy because of his religious beliefs.

Of course, if the academy had let the man in, they would have been hit with a discrimination suit based on sexual orientation for allowing a ” hostile work environment” in having a man who thinks homosexuals are criminals on the police force. In addition, any interaction with gays this wanna be cop has would be immediately suspect as to whether he was acting on his belief homosexuals are criminals, or whether the person actually committed a crime.

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