(May 2, 2014)Booze and Bullets: Bullies With Badges Behaving Badly in NY
In the last two weeks, six NYPD officers have been charged with drinking and driving -- and three of them shot at people while they were drunk.
The first round of arrests happened within a 27-hour time frame during the week of April 14. On Thursday, Jeffrey Balzotti, an NYPD sergeant, was pulled over and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. At 4:30 the next morning, Officer Jose Vanderpool was charged with DWI after he got in an accident. He refused a Breathalyzer. Thirty minutes later, NYPD Sgt. Donald Stewart was arrested and charged with DWI.
The next week was even worse...
On Tuesday night, Officer Brendan Cronin allegedly fired thirteen rounds from behind the wheel of his car into a vehicle in front of him, hitting the 47-year-old driver six times, the NY Daily News reports:
"Cronin was so drunk, he did not even remember firing his weapon, the sources said.