New York Post
October 29, 2014

 

De Blasio supports ‘stop & fix’ cop, rank and file mock him

By Michael Gartland, Shawn Cohen and Jamie Schram

Mayor de Blasio completely supports the police boss who told his cops to fix a busted headlight for the mom of NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner, according to his spokesman.

But his comments infuriated rank-and-file cops, who mercilessly mocked the assistant chief online with jokes that included a doctored “Pep Boys” ad featuring him, the Rev. Al Sharpton and top cop Bill Bratton.

“If he’s doing a citizen a solid, that’s not a bad thing,” mayoral spokesman Phil Walzak insisted a day after de Blasio ducked questions about the “stop and fix” scandal. “He has faith in the officers and their discretion.”

Of course, the repair wasn’t done at the cops’ “discretion” — they were ordered to make it.

Walzak compared the cops’ house-call repair of Gwen Carr’s minivan to firefighters changing a flat for a stranded motorist.

PBA President Pat Lynch said those comments “lead us to believe that [de Blasio] will continue the practice of granting ‘white shirt immunity’ for police bosses in the use of courtesies.

“The PBA has members facing disciplinary and criminal charges for extending lesser courtesies to citizens,” Lynch said, referring to the Bronx ticket-fixing case. “It is time that all members of the force be treated equally for their actions, regardless of their rank.”

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said either the Bronx case should be dropped or the assistant chief, Edward Delatorre, “should be arrested.”

Meanwhile, the doctored “Pep Boys” image made the rounds on police message boards, along with another image that uses Delatorre’s official NYPD portrait to show him wearing a jester’s hat, red clown’s nose and funny glasses, along with the words “I am what I am . . .”

Law-enforcement sources said Delatorre’s career was likely doomed.

“He’s an embarrassment,” one well-placed source said. “You can’t have him giving orders anymore. Cops are going to look at him and roll their eyes. After this all blows over they’re going to transfer him to Siberia. Maybe they’ll send him to Fleet Services. He’s pretty good at fixing headlights.”

The Post first revealed the headlight fix on Monday — and Delatorre panicked when he saw the story, calling the father of accused chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo to apologize.

“He didn’t want things to get out of hand, and he wanted to offer his reassurance he supported [Pantaleo’s] son and the other officers involved in that incident,” said a source.

Delatorre declined to comment.