The worm turns: As we've reported in the past, the Nassau County Police Department's internal affairs division did a special favor for Bill O'Reilly a couple years back by investigating the detective who was dating his wife. The investigation was launched in part because O'Reilly was considering a sizable donation to the NCPD's private foundation. Yesterday, the Nassau County District Attorney announced the indictments of three NCPD officials for...doing special favors for a donor to the NCPD's private foundation.
The three cops—Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, Deputy Chief Inspector John Hunter, and Detective Sergeant Alan Sharpe—are accused of helping an unnamed wealthy "financial and personal benefactor of the Nassau County Police Department" make a robbery charge against his young son disappear. The kid, a student at John F. Kennedy High School, was accused of breaking into the school at night and stealing $3,000 worth of electronic equipment. The school demanded that he be arrested, but—according to the indictment—Flanagan, Sharpe, and Hunter conspired to make sure he never faced justice. In exchange, the indictment says, the three men received valuable gift cards from the kid's father, Gary Parker, who just happened to be a former board member of the NCPD Foundation.
The arrests intersect with our ongoing coverage of O'Reilly's corrupt relationship with the NCPD in two ways. First, the story of Parker's son's non-arrest was originally reported by the Long Island Press' Shelly Feuer Domash a year ago in a lengthy investigation into special favors doled out to NCPD Foundation donors. While Domash was reporting her story, her editor received an unsolicited phone call from a rep for O'Reilly "offering that the television talking head did not receive any preferential treatment from [former NCPD commissioner Lawrence] Mulvey regarding his involvement with the [foundation]." The weird thing was, Domash had never called to ask. O'Reilly's name had never come up in her reporting.
Secondly, one of the indicted cops offered sworn testimony in my lawsuit against the NCPD seeking to force it to hand over its correspondence with O'Reilly. In a declaration filed late last year, Flanagan swore to a Nassau County Supreme Court judge that any correspondence the department had with O'Reilly had been "incorporated" into an internal affairs investigation, and was thus shielded from disclosure under New York's Freedom of Information Law.
Takeaway: The Nassau County District Attorney's office is paying attention to how its corrupt cops treat VIPs. And the NCPD is relying on disgraced officers to defend its abysmal response to sunshine requests. This is getting interestinger and interestinger.