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Detective Sues NYPD For Making Work Environment Worse After Complaining About Anti-Gay Harassment

A four-year veteran of the NYPD, an unnamed gay detective is suing the police force for allegedly retaliating against him after he complained of anti-gay harassment on the job.

The detective is facing an Internal Affairs investigation into his conduct, which is just a bullying tactic, he says.

The detective said cops at the 103rd Precinct in Queens – as well in the Internal Affairs Bureau in Manhattan – called him a “f—-t,” a “rat” and a “meat gazer.” “You’ve got to take a stand,” said the 33-year-old, who is filing the suit as a “John Doe.” “You’ve got to punch back.” The four-year member of the force said his grievances were ignored – and that he was later punished, slapped with departmental charges that he had his patrolman’s shield duplicated. Disciplinary hearings are set for next week. “I opened my mouth and reported corruption and misconduct, and this is what happens,” he said. “To not see anything done is absolutely disgusting.”

[…] His complaint says supervisors and cops at the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica taunted him and wrote “PO Snitch” on his locker when he first complained. In May 2007, he asked to be – and was – transferred to Internal Affairs. Once there, the suit alleges, a sergeant taunted him as a “meat gazer” by placing two apples near his crotch and another time by pretending to pleasure a banana. “[Internal Affairs] is supposed to be the last bastion of upholding the law,” said Derek Smith, the detective’s lawyer. “This just makes you lose faith in the system.” In August 2008, the suit says, he was transferred to a “very undesirable” parking permits job, where he was hammered with an “overly burdensome work load” and drew stares from a supervisor.

The NYPD isn’t commenting on the case. But the attempts to discipline the detective appear out of malice, not actual wrongdoing:

Last year, he was charged with illegally duplicating his patrolman’s shield. The detective said his ex-cop dad wanted to use the shield on a plaque marking his son’s promotion.