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
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.
Lieutenant Feerick was convicted of Criminal Trespass, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Official Misconduct.
All of the charges were misdemeanors.
The mental states that are required for a defendant to be convicted of those crimes are "knowingly" or "intentionally" as defined in Article 15 of the Penal Law of the State of New York.
What was the "intent" of Lieutenant Feerick?
Was it her
"conscious objective" to commit the acts that constitute crimes in the Penal Law?
set out with the police officers under her
command to knowingly violate the constitutional rights of innocent citizens?
What was her
"mens rea" or evil intentions?
What "benefit" would she
and the officers receive?
Was it financial gain?
have some selfish objective that requires us as a society to punish her
In the case of Lieutenant Feerick and the officers under her command, a prison sentence is absolutely outrageous.