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Thursday, January 31, 2008

More On Teen Pimp Cop

Queens cop and his wife charged with turning girl, 13, into a hooker

Thursday, January 31st 2008, 4:00 AM

An NYPD detective and his prostitute girlfriend pimped out a 13-year-old runaway after "buying" her for $500 - and beat her when she didn't make enough money, authorities said Wednesday.

Wayne Taylor, 35, a father of three and former Queens narcotics cop, and Zelika Brown were busted Tuesday night at a Holiday Inn near JFK Airport where they had ordered a prostitute to slap the girl for talking to clients too much.

The girl ran away from her Brooklyn home on Jan. 10 and soon met a woman named Drama who offered to help her make money dancing at parties, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Drama took her to Zelika Brown's Jamaica home, where she ran a brothel, the DA said. Zelika Brown, 29, told the girl that she and her "husband," Taylor, bought her for $500, police said.

The NYPD put out the girl's photo Jan. 16 in the hopes of locating the runaway - not knowing that one of their own allegedly held her captive.

With Taylor, a 14-year NYPD veteran, serving as muscle, the couple took the girl to a party in a Queens barbershop. They instructed her to tell johns she was 19 and ordered her to charge $40 for oral sex and $80 for intercourse, the DA said.

The girl and another prostitute, Krystal Tudy, 18, gave the money they made to Brown, Tudy told cops. For more than two weeks, Brown and Taylor kept the girl prisoner, forcing her to have sex with numerous men at parties throughout the city, according to prosecutors.

Brown punished the girl for not earning enough money by slamming her head into the floor while other prostitutes beat her, authorities said.

Taylor said that if she didn't work off the $500 "debt" she owed to them, he would make her walk the streets to earn the cash, the DA said.

If she tried to escape, Taylor allegedly warned, she would set off an alarm in the house.

"This case is every parent and every child's worst nightmare made even more frightening by the fact that one of the defendants is a police officer who swore to uphold the law and protect the community he serves," the district attorney said.

The Daily News is withholding the 13-year-old victim's name because she is the victim of a sex crime.

Zelika Brown told police that she ran a prostitution business and that Taylor served as driver and bodyguard. Taylor claims that he worked only as a driver for Taylor's exotic dancers.

Dressed in a fur-trimmed leather hoodie, a black miniskirt and knee-high boots, the tangerine-haired Brown pleaded not guilty last night to charges of kidnapping, promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taylor, whose mother, father and pastor were in the Queens courtroom, pleaded not guilty to identical charges. They were both held on $250,000 bail.

Tudy was awaiting arraignment last night on charges of promoting prostitution, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Taylor had been reassigned to the NYPD's Housing Bureau after he took home a police car without permission while working in the Narcotics Division, a source said. Although Taylor told investigators that he spends most nights at the Queens brothel, his landlord said he is a family man.

The front yard of the Staten Island rowhouse he shares with his wife and three young children - two of them girls - is littered with a bicycle, a Barbie car and other toys. "He doesn't look like a bad guy," said the landlord, Joseph Baburashbil, who lives next door.

With Edgar Sandoval, Kerry Burke and Oren Yaniv

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cop Accused of Pimping Teen

NYPD Detective Accused Of Promoting Prostitution Of Girl

POSTED: 4:58 pm EST January 30, 2008
UPDATED: 6:40 pm EST January 30, 2008

NEW YORK -- New York City Police Detective Wayne Taylor, a 14-year department veteran, was arrested and suspended for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child, promoting prostitution, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, police said Wednesday.
Sources said Taylor promoted the prostitution of a teenage girl who ran away from home on Jan. 10.
Investigators allege that the detective was involved in a scheme in which nightclub patrons paid to have sex with the girl.

Taylor, who was assigned to the housing bureau in Queens and the Bronx, is expected to appear in a Queens courtroom Wednesday night, sources told WNBC.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Has Anything Changed?


In a harshly critical report, a special mayoral panel asserted yesterday that the New York City Police Department had failed at every level to uproot corruption and had instead tolerated a culture that fostered misconduct and concealed lawlessness by police officers.

The panel, called the Mollen Commission, agreed with police officials who contend that corruption was not systemic, but rather isolated to small groups of rogue officers. But the commission warned that if corruption itself was not systemwide, the department's failure to address it was.

"We find as shocking the incompetence and the inadequacies of the department to police itself," Milton Mollen, the commission chairman, said yesterday as the panel released an interim report on its principal findings. Will They Be Followed?

After an 18-month inquiry, the commission recommended a dual approach to reforming the 30,000-member department, the nation's largest municipal force. It called for the creation of an independent oversight agency, patterned after itself, to scrutinize the department's anti-corruption investigations and for a vast overhaul of the department's internal programs for preventing and detecting misconduct.

It was unclear yesterday whether the Mollen Commission's recommendations would ever be put into place. Mayor-elect Rudolph W. Giuliani said he still favored a special prosecutor to detect corruption and called the independent monitor "a halfway step."

But regardless of whether its recommendations are enacted, the commission's findings -- that there was a "reluctance to uncover and effectively investigate corruption" and that "no one seemed to care" -- are likely to be used to bolster whatever tack the new Mayor takes to solve the problem of police misconduct. Final Report in Spring

Mr. Giuliani praised the panel yesterday for uncovering and identifying problems and said the group could have as much time as needed to complete its work. Mr. Mollen, a former State Supreme Court justice and a deputy mayor under Mayor David N. Dinkins, said the commission, which was appointed in July 1992 by Mr. Dinkins, will issue a final report in April or May.

The report made no mention of any mayoral responsibility to monitor police corruption.

In its 20-page report, the commission said it found "a deep-rooted institutional reluctance to uncover corruption in the department." It said the department had "abandoned its responsibility to insure integrity" and had failed to instill in supervisors, from the highest commanders to sergeants in the field, the message "that fighting corruption must be one of the department's highest priorities."

Asked at a news conference if any of the last three Police Commissioners, Benjamin Ward, Lee P. Brown and the current police head, Raymond W. Kelly, should be held accountable for the breakdown in corruption controls, Mr. Mollen said, "It is very difficult to hold any individual responsible."

Mr. Mollen said the first signs of widespread problems, including allegations that police officers were stealing drugs and offering protection to narcotics traffickers, occurred in the mid-1980's during Mr. Ward's tenure. But, he continued, "this thing developed over the course of many years and during more than one administration." Kelly Faults Findings

Mr. Kelly was cited in the report for "number of laudable reforms in the department's anti-corruption apparatus." But the panel said in the last year he focused "largely on strengthening and centralizing investigative efforts, rather than on prevention, root causes and conditions." And the commission noted that Mr. Kelly acted only after it began its work.

Mr. Kelly, who will step down as Police Commissioner on Jan. 9, disputed the commission's criticism of the department, saying, "It besmirches the reputation of the department with a rather broad brush that I don't think is appropriate or warranted."

Mr. Kelly, who often exchanged testy words with the commission over the extent of abuses in the department and who was responsible for it, said he accepted the panel's recommendation of an outside agency to oversee the department's anti-corruption programs.

"It is not a bad idea to have some entity outside the department putting its feet to the fire," Mr. Kelly said.

The Police Commissioner, who was selected by Mayor David N. Dinkins in October 1992 to head the department, will be replaced by William J. Bratton, the Police Commissioner of Boston and the former chief of the New York City Transit Authority's police force. Mr. Bratton said through an aide yesterday that he probably would withhold comment on the report until he takes over as the city's Police Commissioner. P.B.A. Sees Politics

The commission also had scathing words for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. The report said that a "variety of sources, including police officers and prosecutors" reported that police unions interfered with efforts to uncover corruption. The report claimed that delegates of the Patrolmen's Association "have attempted to thwart law-enforcement efforts into police corruption and that "the P.B.A. often acts as a shelter for officers who commit acts of misconduct."

Phil Caruso, the president of the association, which represents 20,000 officers, assailed the charges "as a cheap parting shot from the Dinkins administration, obviously in retaliation that the P.B.A. strongly opposed Dinkins in the last election."

"If we find dirty cops," he said in an interview, "we don't protect them."

Mr. Caruso said hearings in September and October by the commission had produced "a negative impact on the image and morale of police officers." The association, Mr. Caruso, would support an outside monitor "as the best way to rebuild public confidence in the Police Department." Prosecutor Until '90

Mr. Giuliani said he also supported the general concept of an outside monitor, but that he wanted it to take the form of a special prosecutor, who would have more power to fight corruption. The Mollen Commission proposed that an outside monitor be given subpoena and investigative powers, as well as access to police department corruption files, but that it not act as a prosecutor.

In 1973 the Governor and the Legislature created the office of a special state prosecutor after a previous police-corruption scandal. It was financed by the state and abolished in 1990 as an unneeded tool by Gov. Mario M. Cuomo and the Legislature.

Mr. Mollen cautioned that a special prosecutor would rekindle jurisdictional problems and friction with the five district attorneys and two United States Attorneys in the city. He said the commission, in its final report, would consider the feasibility of authorizing the city's Department of Investigation to oversee police anti-corruption programs.

Aides to Mr. Giuliani said he might support the Department of Investigation proposal if a special prosecutor's office is unfeasible.

The New York Civil Liberties Union said the proposed permanent commission would lack the authority "to wage an effective, ongoing battle against corruption" and that it favored a special prosecutor or inspector general as a watchdog.

The civil liberties union said the report failed to emphasize problems of police brutality and criticized the Mollen Commission for making undocumented charges that the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association blocked corruption investigations.

The commission's report said "an external force is needed to maintain a sense of commitment and accountability," based on the testimony at public hearings and on confidential interviews with scores of officers and prosecutors and on an analysis of department records.

"From the top brass down to local precinct commanders and supervisors," the commission said, "there was a pervasive belief that uncovering serious corruption would harm careers and the reputation of the department." Community Policing

At a news conference following the release of the report, Mr. Mollen said corruption and abuses by the police fostered public distrust that could endanger the department's community policing program. That program emphasizes putting officers on foot patrol to establish closer relations with residents in their precincts and to spot potential crime problems before they develop.

The commission said its final report would recommend new anti-corruption tactics, including closer screening of recruits, anti-corruption training methods and ways to insure that supervisors are held accountable for corruption and misconduct in their commands.

The proposed independent oversight agency would be headed by three to five unsalaried commissioners. The investigative and monitoring work would be conducted by a full-time staff of about 20 lawyers and investigators. The Mollen Commission has five unpaid commissioners who determine policy, and since it was organized in the summer of 1992, the commission has spent $1.4 million. At its peak, it had a staff of 20.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Law Enforcement Corruption Facts and Figures

From the FBI: Facts and Figures 2003

Public Corruption

The FBI's highly sensitive public corruption investigations focus on all levels of government (local, state, and federal) and include allegations of judicial, legislative, regulatory, contract, and law enforcement corruption. Law enforcement corruption accounts for more than one-third of the current corruption investigations. These cases typically involve law enforcement officers accepting money to protect (or facilitate) drug-trafficking and organized criminal activity. Uncovering cases of public corruption is a unique FBI responsibility.


On April 8, 1999, Orange, New Jersey, Police Department (OPD) Officer Joyce A. Carnegie was shot and killed after confronting a robbery suspect. On April 11, 1999, Earl D. Faison was arrested as the suspect in Officer Carnegie's murder. While in police custody, Faison subsequently died as a result of complications from asthma. Another suspect ultimately confessed to the murder.

Faison's family alleged police brutality during his arrest and incarceration, and in April 1999, the FBI's Newark Field Office initiated a Color of Law investigation. They conducted numerous interviews, crime scene analyses, and extensive use of the federal grand jury. On June 20, 2000, five OPD officers were indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of New Jersey. All five were convicted of beating Faison.


On October 19, 1999, Rafael A. Perez, a now former officer with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), began confessing to local prosecutors about a number of criminal acts performed by him and several other LAPD officers assigned to the Rampart District. The FBI initiated an investigation. In exchange for leniency on a state cocaine theft charge and immunity from prosecution for other local crimes, Perez began cooperating with local prosecutors. He revealed that on October 12, 1996, Javier F. Ovando, an arrestee who was unarmed and handcuffed, was shot multiple times by Perez and Nino Durden. After the shooting, the officers planted a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle on the victim, filed false criminal charges against him, and testified falsely at his criminal trial.

On February 9, 2001, Durden admitted his role in the shooting and subsequent cover-up involving Ovando. He entered guilty pleas and is awaiting sentencing.

On November 29, 2001, Perez was charged with firearms violations and conspiracy. He entered into a plea agreement with the government, admitted to his role, and is awaiting sentencing. Ovando served three years of a 23-year sentence before he was released.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

On the Other Side of the Law

On the Other Side of the Law
Brooklyn Officers Arrested - by Brooklyn Eagle (, published online 01-21-2008
By Ryan Thompson - Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Cop Trades Info to Crack Kingpin For Sneakers
BENSONHURST – Sgt. Roosevelt Green of the NYPD was arrested on Friday on charges that he used police computers to supply a Long Island crack dealer with information on undercover police.

Though, according to a DEA agent affidavit, the 45-year-old police sergeant who worked in Bensonhurst, apparently thought the information that he was supplying Frank “Big Banana” Wilson was that of rival drug-dealers, not undercover drug-enforcement agents. Green allegedly received sneakers and clothes in exchange for him running the license plates of the DEA agents’ undercover vehicles that were tailing Wilson:

“As for my information I’m gonna need a nice warm up suit and a pair ah white tops okay,” Green said to Wilson, while laughing, according to the DEA agent transcript of an intercepted telephone conversation that allegedly took place on April 5, 2007.

Wilson, who is now facing drug charges of his own, was the longtime “leader” of a “conspiracy organization, which has been distributing cocaine base, also known as ‘crack’ cocaine, in Suffolk County for more than a decade,” the affidavit states. The conspiracy organization operated out of Wyandanch, Long Island, which is Green’s hometown. Green and Wilson apparently knew each another for about 10 years.

The DEA and NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau arrested Green on Friday and brought him to federal court in Central Islip to be arraigned on charges of unlawful use of a police computer and making false statements to authorities. The 12-year veteran and father of six was released on $250,000 bond. He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Corrections Officer Indicted on Welfare Fraud
JAY STREET – The Brooklyn District Attorney announced the indictment of a corrections officer on Friday for grand larceny and welfare fraud.

Rannie Miles was indicted and charged with illegally collecting more than $10,000 in welfare benefits. The 29-year-old mother of five could face up to seven years in prison.

Despite being hired as a corrections officer in April 2007, Miles allegedly continued to collect the welfare benefits that she had been receiving since 2002. Even when she received a raise from $26,000 to $36,000 annually, she refused to notify the Human Resources Administration of her new employment, according to the indictment.

Narcotics Cops Arrested for Stealing Drugs From Cop
SCHERMERHORN STREET – Two police officers from a Brooklyn narcotics squad were arraigned on Friday in Criminal Court on charges they stole money and drugs from an undercover officer who was investigating them.

Sgt. Michael Arenella and Officer Jerry Bowens, both of the notorious Brooklyn South Narcotics unit, apparently thought the undercover officer was simply a crack dealer, and allegedly took his money and his crack, giving some of it away to an informant of theirs in exchange for information.

As of now, the story is unclear, as a third officer from the unit was suspended on Friday, and three other officers are currently under investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Reportedly, the investigation is looking into the possibility that officers are skimming from the narcotics seizures that they make.

January 27, 2008 Brooklyn Daily Eagle