There's trouble in NYPD police officers' union paradise—or is it hell, these days? With 16 police officers indicted in the massive ticket-fixing scandal, an investigation prompted by a police officer with alleged ties to a drug dealer, delegates of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association voiced their displeasure with union president Patrick J. Lynch: In what the NY Times calls a "rare revolt," over 30 delegates said that Lynch should step down—and the Post reports that the 50 delegates "stormed out" of a meeting.
Disgruntled delegates say Lynch, who represents 20,000 police officers as the union's head, is not doing enough to support the accused cops. A source told the Daily News that they “asked Lynch to be stronger on behalf of the guys who were accused and that if he wasn’t going to be strong, then he should step down in favor of someone who will be.” The News also reports, "A number of delegates and police officers have been frustrated by how little Lynch has commented publicly about the investigation, other sources said. Those close to Lynch said union lawyers had advised him to keep quiet during the investigation."
A source claims that by walking out of the meeting, delegates didn't hear Lynch's plans for standing by the indicted cops. Lynch said in a statement, "We understand and share the frustration of our wrongly accused officers, and we will continue to put the full resources of the union to work to vindicate them."
Many police officers are standing by their accused brethren—when the defendants were indicted, hundreds of off-duty cops stood outside the courthouse, taunting prosecutors (and calling them pieces of shit) and mocking poor people. And in spite of the scandal, police officers say they are still being asked to fix tickets: DNAinfo's Murray Weiss reports, "In one, a retired police sergeant tried to get a ticket killed last week. He reached out to a PBA delegate about a moving violation ticket that a friend of his received from a Brooklyn highway cop. When the delegate told him he could not help, the retired cop asked if it 'would be better if he called the cop directly who had issued the ticket,' sources said. The delegate said no."