Any candidate :cough Christine Quinn cough cough: who wants to keep on Ray Kelly as Police Commissioner should be disqualified from the job. Via Gothamist, the City has declined to defend Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, the officer who sucker-punched an occupy protester:
In Bologna's case, Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo said, "State law prohibits the city from representing or indemnifying city employees who are found to have violated agency rules and regulations." The NYPD has yet to discipline Cardona or accuse Like Bolgnahim of wrongdoing. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne initially said that Rivera-Pitre elbowed Cardona, and that the department was seeking his arrest, but those charges fizzled.
After the City refused to represent Bologna, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly expressed concern: "I think it can have a chilling effect on police officers taking action…And I'm concerned about an adverse effect on officers' willingness to engage."
Officers SHOULD think twice before pepper spraying a defenseless woman or sucker-punching a non-violent protester in the face. The department should support the hell out of good cops, but weed out the bad apples who think they're above the law themselves. Ray Kelly can't tell the difference. And that flows down from management through the ranks. And these aren't rookies we're talking about - these were the actions of relatively senior officers