New York Daily News

Nov. 24, 2011


PBA questions retirement of Internal Affairs Bureau cop who led the NYPD ticket-fixing investigation

Union President Patrick Lynch says timing raises questions

BY Rocco Parascandola & John Doyle

    Patrick Lynch ran un-opposed for his seat as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Rob Bennet for News
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Patrick Lynch, PBA president

The union that represents more than a dozen NYPD officers caught up in the recent ticket-fixing scandal, is questioning why the cop who spearheaded the internal investigation is retiring.

"The sudden retirement of the individual who was the lead investigator in such a high-profile case seems very curious at this time," said Patrick Lynch, president of the New York City Patrolmens Benevolent Association, in a statement released Thursday.

Deputy Inspector John McDermott, 47, an investigator with the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, filed retirement papers with the NYPD Wednesday after 27 years with the department, police sources said.

Lynch said the timing of his retirement raises questions. He said critical wiretap evidence may have been leaked by the Internal Affairs Bureau, undermining the criminal case.

Sixteen NYPD officers, including 10 PBA union officials, were arrested last month after a sweeping investigation in which they were charged with fixing summonses for friends and family.

McDermott could not immediately be reached for comment.