Lieutenant Patricia Feerick
, and two fellow police officers, Orlando Rosario and John DeVito, have been sentenced to serve jail time after having been found guilty in a ten year old case.
We are all outraged over the convictions of Rosario, DeVito, Schultz, and Feerick
.This is one of the worst atrocities I know about that has been committed against a police officer in the City of New York
.I was on the job since 1968, and retired in 1995.I attended the rally in Staten Island run by Rep.Molinari - couldn't even get in the large hall due to the support by hundreds of detectives, sergeants lieutenants etc.That rally was in a remote spot of S.I., but anybody that cared anything about the job - didn't tell anybody they were going - they just showed up - we all know who we were!In the past, all that I remembered was uniting for a contract or getting together for a cop who was assassinated in the street.
Lieutenant Patricia Feerick, NYPD, was convicted in 1994 of criminal charges for actions taken back in 1990.The jury found that the Lieutenant and police officers under her
command had abused their power when they grabbed back a lost police radio from members of an alleged East Harlem drug gang called the Purple City crack gang.The gang had found the radio and used it for a period of five days during which they taunted and made threats over the police frequency.The Lieutenant had appealed the conviction, but now has been ordered to begin a two-year sentence in prison.
The conviction of these police officers gives rise to some interesting legal questions.For instance, a novice student of criminal law must be thoroughly familiar with the Latin term: MENS REA.This legal concept is translated into English as "EVIL MIND".