69th Precinct Sergeant Suspended
Police Department authorities this week confirmed a report that a sergeant assigned to Canarsie’s 69th Pre-cinct was suspended from duty last weekend and charged with insubordination.
NYPD spokesperson Gerard Cole said Sergeant Michael Powers had been relieved from duty by Assistant Chief McGinn at 10 a.m. on December 7th.
The announcement followed a report in Monday’s Daily News and Tuesday’s New York Post saying that Powers balk-ed at being told by a supervising officer to take a teenage student who thought she was given wrong directions to the site of the important SAT test at Bis-hop Ford High School in Windsor Ter-race.
The Post, quoting "sources," said Powers, a 14-year police veteran, be-gan to argue and "threw a bottle of ice tea against a wall." He then threw his gun, shield and ID card on a desk in front of the supervisor, the report contended.
Captain Robert Johnsen, commanding officer of the local precinct, told the Canarsie Courier, "Every-thing is being handled according to proper procedures at this time," and said he could not make further statements because of the continuing in-vestigation.