A Federal judge has refused to grant an injunction sought by three police unions to halt the post-shooting Breathalyzer tests for NYPD officers.
In his Sept. 30 decision, U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels also ruled that the unions’ case against the city could proceed. This lawsuit is the consolidation of three complaints filed by Detectives Endowment Association President Michael J. Palladino, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch, and Captains Endowment Association President Roy T. Richter, challenging an NYPD policy implemented last year in response to the Sean Bell shooting. In that case, the Detective who touched off the fatal confrontation admitted that as part of his undercover role he had a couple of drinks at the nightclub outside which the shooting took place.
Came Up Smelling Like Roses
In July, Det. Ivan Davison was the first officer to fail a sobriety test that became standard for all cops who fired their weapons and hit somebody. Detective Davison registered 0.09 — a hair over the legal limit of 0.08 — when he was tested following the shooting of an armed man who fired first at him. The Detective was immediately disciplined by the NYPD, but several days later — after both the media and Mayor Bloomberg praised his actions — Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly lauded him as a hero.
The three unions have challenged the sobriety test in lawsuits and with the Office of Collective Bargaining, because, they assert, the Breathalyzer constitutes an unreasonable search without suspicion. The unions also contend that previous officers were subjected to “embarrassment” and felt “sequestered,” even though no criminal charges were filed against them.