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July 24, 2002

NYPD Opposes Revealing Identities Of Undercover Officers

Police officials are blasting a judge’s decision to reveal the true identity of undercover officers in court proceedings.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Cropper ordered three undercover officers testifying in a routine drug case to reveal their identities in open court.

Officials in the Police Department and the union say the decision sets an alarming precedent, saying it could jeopardize other sting operations the officers are involved in and endanger their lives.

The three officers refused to take the stand, so the judge barred all testimony and evidence stemming from their undercover buys, destroying the prosecution's case.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch have scheduled a news conference Thursday to speak out against the decision.