Two NYPD officers are forced to leave their jobs for failing to investigate cases and falsifying investigations

Two New York Police Department officers They were forced to retire after the police discovered that they lied about the investigations of the cases they were supposedly working for, including complaints of domestic violence and drugs.according to department reports.

The official Eric Cabrera was assigned to the 113th Precinct in Jamaica when he improperly closed 25 investigations in 2019.including multiple cases of domestic violence, by making false entries in the case monitoring system, which tracks follow-up on inquiries.

The NYPD stated that Cabrera closed without due diligence harassment cases in which a suspect sent a victim a text message: “I’m going to kill you”; and where another offender sent threatening messages stating that he would “come for the victim and burn down her house and her car.”

The agent Cabrera was also accused of improperly closing an identity theft case in which the suspect used the victim’s date of birth and Social Security number to obtain an apartment in Georgia and open a cell phone account..

Also, an incident in which a tenant pushed his landlord and threw trash at his vehicle, The theft of 10 bags of potato chips from a car that had its rear windows smashed.

Cabrera said in his appearance that he was overloaded with work and that he was getting divorced at the time those cases were closed. In addition, he expressed that “they were assigning him 300 cases a year and the lieutenant was harassing me to close the cases on time.”

She added that the long hours she worked led to the end of her marriage. Depressed and anxious, Cabrera said that he decided to give priority to the most serious cases over the minor ones.

The officer “made false and misleading statements” by marking cases closed when he was not making the actual inquiries, the department’s decision says.

“Officers who intentionally make false representations are betraying an essential function of police work and risking the reputation of their fellow officers,” wrote Josh Kleiman, NYPD Deputy Deputy Commissioner for Trials.

The deputy commissioner indicated that Cabrera should be allowed to keep his pension because he had an impeccable disciplinary record and would have received high job evaluations in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Thus, Keechant Sewell, police commissioner, signed the sanction on September 21. The agent also lost 30 vacation days and agreed not to sue to get his job back.

For her part, Casey Gwinn, president of Alliance for Hope International, an organization against domestic violence, said that failing to adequately investigate cases of family or domestic violence, as Cabrera is alleged to have been accused of, puts the victims in danger.

“When police treat victims like this, the message they get is ‘Don’t call us,’” Gwinn said. “And then, of course, the violence escalates over time when you don’t intervene effectively.”

In this regard, a second officer, Detective Thomas Mannion, was caught forging tickets 11 times in NYPD records in 2020.

When I was assigned to North Brooklyn Narcotics, Mannion claimed in investigative documents that he visited places where drug activity was reported, when he actually did not.

“[Mannion] he did not visit the location despite filing reports stating he had,” said NYPD Deputy Deputy Commissioner for Trials Jeff Adler.

The investigator’s misconduct was discovered when detectives matched his entries with GPS data from his NYPD car.

Like Cabrera’s case, Mannion lost 30 vacation days and was forced to retire, the decision in his case says.

Mannion blamed his misconduct on the stress caused by understaffing in his command from the Covid-19 pandemic and the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

“The demands of the job became ‘overwhelming.’ His wife was pregnant at the time, adding to the pressures he faced,” the decision read.

Mannion insisted that the “mistakes” were “cut and paste mistakes, just rushing to try and get things done,” according to the decision.

Similarly, district attorneys for Queens and Brooklyn declined to file charges against the two men.

Cabrera and Mannion cases bring to mind former NYPD detective Thomas Ricewho while working with the 106th Detective Squad in Ozone Park, Queens, he was caught fabricating more than 100 false witnesses and false addresses to close at least 22 grand theft cases.

Rice was demoted to police officer, lost 60 vacation days, and was forced into retirement in May 2018.

In June of the same year, pleaded guilty to misconduct in a Queens criminal court. He was sentenced to probation and waived his right to appeal.

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