HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (PIX11) -- After a week of negative headlines about his crack-dealing past, a retired NYPD deputy inspector has tweeted a smiling picture of himself, when he was still in uniform, shaking hands with President Barack Obama.
"Why would the NYPD invite a 'thug cop' to meet the POTUS?" Corey Pegues asked in his tweet on Friday, September 12th. POTUS is an acronym for President of the United States.
Pegues then added a hashtag, #keepitrightnotreal.
The 45-year old Pegues was featured on the cover of the New York Post this past Monday, after a podcast surfaced of Pegues talking about his past life as a teenage, crack cocaine dealer.
Pegues, who is writing a book, even claimed that he once tried to kill a rival--by pulling the trigger of his gun, point blank, at the man's chest.
The gun misfired, he said.
But the biggest uproar came after Pegues made a claim that he was childhood friends with David McClary, a crack dealer from Jamaica, Queens, who later pumped five bullets into the head of rookie NYPD officer, Edward Byrne, in February 1988.
McClary, speaking to a Post reporter in Attica Correctional Facility this week, denied that he and Pegues were ever friends. McClary said that Pegues was looking for another paycheck, another hustle.
Pegues retired with a $135,000, tax-free, disability pension last year. It's been widely reported that he fell from a chair at the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn, where he was commanding officer, and hurt his back. Pegues claims he hurt his back, trying to subdue a suspect.
Pegues appeared on CNN"s "Late Night" this week and said he viewed his teen, criminal life as part of his past--and that he deserved a shot at redemption.
He insisted that he'd lived an "impeccable" life during his 21 years with the NYPD.
Pegues said he gave up his criminal ways, after the birth of his son and daughter.
Pegue's daughter is now an NYPD rookie police officer.