NYPD blues started with liberal judges making justice a bizarre
It got worse when politicians believed that a cop was someone
everyone loved to hate and they made hay out of it like Kansas.
The police brass got nervous and became so overly politically
correct they filleted some of the best cops the city ever had.
These are just three cops' tales. Three cops who lived and almost
died for the job, who loved every second working for the Finest . .
. but in the end, had to say goodbye.
How many of them out there? My guess, better still, your guess.
Sgt. Tom Kennedy, with 150 commendations, involved in eight
shootouts, wounded three times, is to the Police Department what
Audie Murphy was to the army.
Yet in a dark example of the NYPD blues, he puts in his
retirement papers in February, quitting the job he so passionately
"It's time, unfortunately, and I fear it will get worse before it
gets better," Tom told me.
The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back came three years
ago when a punk, caught stripping a car, tried to take Tom's gun
away from him in Harlem.
"I gave chase, caught him, cuffed him, and while dragging him to
his feet, he fell about 12 inches to the ground and received five
stitches," Tom recalled.
Tom was suddenly facing four charges that could have got him 15
years. But despite an almost spiteful prosecution, he was acquitted.
The punk who attacked Tom walked free and was awarded $375,000 by
"It's time to go," Tom said.
Former Lt. Patricia Feerick, a lawyer and a nurse, was once
mentioned as being, down the line, the first female police
Then, four drug dealers made a complaint against her and three
The druggies were people like Ben Stokes, an admitted liar who
boasted on the witness stand that he, too, was a lieutenant, just
like Patricia Feerick.
A "lieutenant" in the Purple City Gang, responsible for at least
She could have faced seven years, but served 32 days and is now
appealing all charges.
"We were there when [then-Mayor David] Dinkins' policies were
letting drug dealers run the streets and the prosecutors looked on
us as the enemy," she said.
"Of course there is a problem with the money. But the exodus from
the police force has a lot to do with the lack of support and the
fear factor that cops have." Feerick concluded, "Take a bullet but
not a jail sentence for doing your job."
Retired Sgt. Eddie Burns, who has a master's degree in
communications from NYU and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice
from St. John's, quit after 27 years on the force.
Burns didn't face a Blue Wall of Silence when he went for the
lieutenant's test, he faced a Blue Wall of political obstruction.
"The test for the lieutenant's exam was originally an objective
written test . . . but suddenly subjective tests came in. Was it a
department who wanted more minorities in? Was it politically correct
stuff? I don't know," Burns said.
"We needed more minorities in the ranks, but were the tests put
there to make sure that there was an unequal level playing
field? I don't know. All I know is that I failed the oral, and I
wasn't going any further."
Burns, who is happily retired from the force and enjoying his son
Edward making it big in Hollywood, said, "I didn't leave the job,
the job left me."