BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- PIX11 News has obtained a photo from inside the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn that illustrates the betrayal felt by NYPD officers, who worked under the command of retired Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues.
The cops have removed Pegues’ photo from a gallery of former supervisors, replacing it with a black and white picture of slain 22-year old Officer Edward Byrne who was killed by a crack dealer in 1988 in Pegues’ home borough of Queens.
The reason the officers at the 67th Precinct are so angry stems from Pegues’ interview on a podcast in August. That’s when Pegues’ admitted he was a teen crack dealer in Queens in the 80’s, that he once tried to kill a rival, and that he was old pals with David McClary, the thug convicted of pumping five bullets into Officer Byrne’s head on February 26, 1988 as the rookie sat in a patrol car from the 103 Precinct, guarding the home of a drug witness.
Pegues has insisted he started traveling on a very different path from McClary, before McClary killed Officer Byrne.
But McClary doesn’t want anything to do with the retired commander, either—telling the New York Post 45-year old Corey Pegues is a liar.
“Corey Pegues ain’t no friend of mine,” McClary told a Post reporter inside a visiting room in Attica State Prison, where he’s doing 25 years to life for killing the young officer.
“This is all for the money,” he said of Pegues, who’s writing a book. “He’s retired and needs another hustle, another paycheck,” McClary said. “Everything he’s been saying about his history is total bull****."
Since Pegues’ secret life from the 1980’s became public on Monday, the Nassau County Police Department has removed three, registered guns from his family home in Hempstead, at the request of the NYPD.
The New York City Police Department is also reviewing Pegues’ tax-free, $135,000, annual disability pension. Pegues retired last year, after 21 years on the job, saying he hurt his back in the 67th Precinct.
During an appearance this week on CNN “Late Night”, he insisted that he had turned his life around—after his teen days as a crack dealer—enlisting in the U.S. Army when he was 18—and turning away from crime, when his son and daughter were born.
“Let’s talk about the impeccable life I’ve lived for 21 years,” he told CNN. “God gave me a second chance for redemption in life, and I ran with it.”