BROOKLYN — NYPD Lt. Edwin Raymond is fully aware the accusations he’s going public with now, against his employer, could potentially damage his future career in law enforcement.
Lt. Raymond and several other now retired members of the department, all made sworn statements relating to theirtime in the Transit Bureau in Brooklyn.
They allege former captain Constantin Tsachas would routinely direct and encourage them to look the other way when it came to white, Asian, and Jewish criminal offenders.
Instead, they were instructed to specifically profile and target blacks and Latinos.
The sworn statements are part of a lawsuit Raymond and his fellow plaintiffs filed against the department, and Tsachas, who is now a Deputy Inspector and focus on Tsachas’ alleged conduct several years ago – between 2011 and 2015.
But here’s what’s significant; in the midst of recent stories involving the alleged harassment, and arrest, of black and brown teens, and Latino subway food vendors. Lt. Raymond insists the illegal practice of racial quotas and profiling has become institutionalized in the department .
“Despite being outed as a bigot, you can still be rewarded in the organization,” he said. “It’s not the pieces just falling where they may. This is specific, targeted policing of certain black and brown neighborhoods.”
NYPD officials have previously gone on record denying quotas, or wrongdoing by Inspector Tsachas.
And we made sure to reach out to the NYPD again Friday, for a response to this our story. “We decline comment due to pending litigation,” they said.
When asked if he is concerned there may be repercussions from making these allegations, Lt. Raymond said, “I know it’s a possibility, but I’ve accepted it.”
“It’s beyond the point where people have to be willing to say what’s going on.”
“We have a great deal of work left to do to, in partnership with bold voices like Lieutenant Raymond,” said NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in a statement. “We can have better policing and safer streets at the same time, but the people responsible for these actions need to own up to them and their impact rather than denying they occurred.”