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Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., announces former NYPD Police Officer Salvatore J. Greco has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that he was terminated for supporting Making America Great Again
NEW YORK, August 28, 2022 – Today, Greco filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the City of New York; Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell; Deputy Commissioner Legal Matters Ernest F. Hart; Lieutenant Daniel S. Cutter and Sergeant Jeremy D. Orenstein of collectively investigating and terminated him due to his personal ‘familial’ and ‘political’ relationships with Roger Jason Stone, Jr., Kristin M. Davis, members of the OATH Keepers, Proud Boys and others who support Trump’s America and the political paradigm of Making America Great Again in violation of the First Amendment – Freedom of Right to Intimate Association and First Amendment – Freedom of Speech.
For more than forty (40) years, Greco accuses the NYPD of intentionally abusing its statutory authority and the internal disciplinary process to discriminate against former NYPD Captain now Mayor Eric L. Adams, former NYPD Sergeant now Sheriff Anthony Miranda, members of the Guardians Association of the Police Department City of New York, Hispanic Society of the Police Department City of New York, and other disenfranchised members of the department because of their race, gender and ‘political’ viewpoints.
As noted in the lawsuit, on or about January 22, 2021, Greco claims the Internal Affairs Bureau Command Center received an anonymous letter as follows: To whom it may concern – I am writing to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau about the D.C. take-ver. PO Salvatore Greco CTTF, and PO Gregory Nealon 60 pct., attended the riot at Capitol hill. These officers want to have a civil war in America.
The Internal Affairs Bureau Command Center also received further information including pictures that Greco was ‘associating’ with Roger Jason Stone, Jr., a self-proclaimed “agent provocateur” who has served as strategic counsel to GOP candidates since the 1960s including President Donald J. Trump, the forty-fifth (45) president of the United States and that he was ‘associating’ with Kristin M. Davis, previously known as the Manhattan Madam, accused of operating a high-end prostitution ring catering to high-profile clients.
According to the lawsuit, the Internal Affairs Bureau Command Center opened Log No.: C-2021-0027 and 2021-1610. The ‘C’ designates that the investigation will likely conclude with the filing of criminal charges. Greco claims, the anonymous letter does not suggest he is engaging in criminal activities much less with Roger Jason Stone, Jr., Kristin M. Davis or anyone else, the letter suggests “a civil war with America.” Greco further claims, that the anonymous letter is ‘political’ in nature because of his first amendment right to support Trump’s America and the ‘political’ paradigm of ‘Making America Great Again.’
Greco claims between January 22, 2021, through May 20, 2021, Cutter and Orenstein ‘falsely’ asserted to Hart the need for the City of New York and Sewell to use its administrative subpoena powers under § 14-137(a) of the New York City Administrative Code, to investigate allegations of association narcotics (other than family), DRV – other – due to he allegedly attending the rioting on Capitol Hill, criminal association with Roger Jason Stone, Jr. (Trump advisor), Kristin M. Davis (Manhattan Madam – Prostitution) and OATH Keepers (Anti-government group).
During the investigation, Greco’s cellular telephone, home telephone, social media accounts and other personal records were reviewed and did not support he was involved with criminal or subversive activities to overthrow the United States government.
On or about April 27, 2021, Cutter signed Departmental Charges and Specifications approved by the City of New York and Sewell thorough the Office of the Department Advocate, Department Advocate’s Office Serial No.: 2021 – 23298, accusing him of “wrongfully and knowingly associating with person[s], Roger Jason Stone, Jr., and Kristin M. Davis, reasonably believed to be engaged in, likely to engage in, or to have engaged in criminal activities” along with related department charges.
Greco claims, other than his personal ‘familial’ and ‘political’ relationships with Roger Jason Stone, Jr., and Kristin M. Davis, Cutter and Orenstein were unable to establish any ‘credible’ evidence he was involved in any criminal or subversive activities with them to overthrow the United States government.
Moreover, Greco claims that other than his personal ‘political’ relationships with members of the OATH Keepers, Proud Boys, others who support Trump’s America and the ‘political’ paradigm of ‘Making America Great Again,’ there is no ‘credible’ evidence he was involved in any criminal or subversive activities with them or anyone else to overthrow the United States government.
After a department trial, on or about June 10, 2022, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Paul M. Gamble recommended to the City of New York and Sewell to find Greco guilty of “wrongfully and knowingly associating with person[s], Roger Jason Stone, Jr., and Kristin M. Davis, reasonably believed to be engaged in, likely to engage in, or to have engaged in criminal activities” along with related department charges except “wrongfully and knowingly associated with any person or organization advocating hatred, oppression, or prejudice based on race, religion, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, or disability.” Gamble recommended Greco be separated from the department because “Under the circumstances established in the trial record, Respondent’s [Plaintiff SALVATORE J. GRECO] continued presence as a Member of the Service would be corrosive to the mission and values of this Department.”
On or about August 4, 2022, the City of New York and Sewell adopted Gamble’s recommendation and dismissed Greco under § 14-115(a) of the New York City Administrative Code.
“The action taken against me has cost me my reputation, my job, and my life savings,” Greco said.
“Unfortunately, Mr. Greco’s case is not unusual in that the department have been engaging in these sorts of ‘political viewpoint’ hit jobs for more than forty (40) years. With these legal claims, Mr. Greco intends to shed light on the institutional problem and hold the City and the other defendants’ accountable for these actions,” said lawyer Eric Sanders.
Salvatore J. Greco v. The City of New York, et al., Docket No.: 22 cv 5109, was filed on August 28, 2022, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
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