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A white NYPD sergeant says he wouldn’t go along with the harassment of a black officer — and now he claims that he’s being subjected to harsh treatment for his refusals.
Sgt. Valentin Khazin’s Brooklyn federal lawsuit argues that he was targeted with unjustified payback because he wouldn’t help make life miserable for Officer Dana Harge — who’s got his own pending Manhattan federal suit alleging racial discrimination in the elite Highway Patrol unit.
Because Khazin wouldn’t play ball, he claims his own life is being made miserable.
Khazin has been transferred from Highway Patrol and claims he’s under constant scrutiny. He says he’s seen his overtime slashed — but then become swamped with extra work, especially during holidays, to keep him away from his family.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” Khazin, 32, told the Daily News.
Harge was doing his job, said Khazin, who is white. And when the sergeant brought it up that he felt superiors had it out for Harge because of his discrimination complaints, Khazin said he “signed my own death warrant.”
This past Father’s Day, the 32-year-old father of a 1- and 2-year-old, said he was kept on duty almost 24 hours because there allegedly weren’t others to help out.
Eric Sanders, Khazin’s lawyer, said what happened to his client is an example of what happens to people who don’t go along to get along.
Khazin was “one of the few people not afraid to take on the department and sue them. I hear about this stuff all time. It’s just a matter of anyone taking any action,” said Sanders.
The suit, filed Thursday, doesn’t just allege retaliation connected to Harge.
Khazin says Highway Patrol brass imposed “performance goals or quotas” of 70 summonses per officer for two platoons and 50 summonses per officer in another platoon.
Khazin’s suit also claims he was ordered in January to lower the performance rating of another black officer because she filed a discrimination complaint against a sergeant.
Khazin told The News he always hoped to make it to the Highway Patrol.
He finally got there in 2015, coming in as a sergeant and ultimately assigned to Highway Patrol Three, which is primarily responsible for the Grand Central Parkway in Queens.
Khazin told The News as soon as he got there, brass told him to keep an eye on Harge, who supposedly was a troublemaker and a “do nothing.”
So Khazin kept his eye on Harge and discovered “all he does is his job. He does it as well as anyone else.”
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Laurel City, MD — On the evening of March 9th 2014, Allan Sergeant pulled into the parking lot of his local pharmacy to purchase Tylenol for a headache. Unfortunately on this fateful evening, his headache would be the least of his concerns.
Upon Mr. Sergeants arrival at the CVS on Baltimore Avenue, he was ‘pulled over’ in the parking lot by officer Alfie G. Acol, with the Laurel Police Department. Mr. Sergeant was never informed of the reason he was stopped, even though he asked.
Officer Acol proceeded to subject Mr. Sergeant to two illegal frisks without Mr. Sergeants consent and without any reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime. When his illegal search turned up no contraband, Officer Acol, according to a federal lawsuit,
“pulled Mr. Sergeant’s pants and his underwear down to his knees, exposed his genitals and buttocks to public view and subjected him to a visual strip search. This terrifying, intrusive, substantial, and unwarranted invasion of privacy was a repulsive act by Laurel Police Officer Acol of profound humiliation and dehumanization. It was carried out by Officer Acol as a signal and means of subjugation and degradation without any lawful purpose whatsoever.”
The suit also alleges that Officer Acol was assisted by another officer identified in the suit only as John Doe who,
“condoned, ratified and supported this manifestly illegal conduct and failed and refused to intervene to stop Officer Acol’s illegal, unconstitutional and outrageous conduct.”
When Mr. Sergeant justifiably complained about his treatment, and asked the officers for their identification he was threatened, further detained and given a warning citation for obstructing traffic which he was ordered to sign under threat of arrest.
After this hellish nightmare, Mr. Sergeant notified the Laurel PD of Officer Acol’s abusive behavior the following day and was told it would take three months to complete an investigation. Mr. Sergeant received a letter on June 16, 2014 stating that
“LPD conducted a ‘thorough investigation’ of the incident and that ‘Corporal Barry (one of the investigators) found Officer Acol in violation of the departmental policies and guidelines and found multiple charges sustained for the incident on 03-09-2014.”
The letter further states,
“Officer Acol received multiple charges and was disciplined for the incident.”
However, a further investigation revealed that not only was Officer Acol not reprimanded for his conduct, he was issued an award 2 months later for ‘Meritorious service.’ He was then elevated to be the face of the department’s public relations campaign touting their use of body cameras.