For almost five years Black Westchester has written about the highly contentious and problematic relationship that district attorneys and police departments currently have between one another in this country. All too often these highly compromising relationships work in unison with one another to protect problematic, negligent and downright abusive cops, as well as the corruption in the police department.
Our current district attorney in Westchester County ran on prosecuting corruption but has not shown himself to be more than a male version of his predecessor Janet DiFiore. At least DiFiore did prosecute two Yonkers cops, but it was more to cover herself because she prosecuted several cases where these officers were involved, if you call being sentenced to 8 and 20 weeks of weekends in jail a prosecution.
But Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., continues to turn a blind eye to police corruption like the highly publicized illegitimacy of former MVPD Deputy Police Commissioner Joseph Spiezio. Several complaints have been filed but Scarpino refused to do what the residents have elected him to do – prosecute corruption as he promised.
You read the Zachery Gates II article – Swept Under The Rug: Police Union Corruption in White Plains PBA – about the White Plains Police Department. We have received several calls from those close to the department that told us we haven’t even scratched the surface when the story ran on BlackWestchester.com.
The claims of corruption are not limited to Mount Vernon, Yonkers and White Plains, this week we got calls about the Eastchester Police Department confiscating nine guns from the widow of a deceased EPD officer and not receipt or documentation given to the widow until a year later and some of the guns have gun missing from police custody.
On the day of her husband’s death, two EPD Lieutenants Kiernan (also head of internal affairs) and Hunter entered her home and confiscated 9 firearms and her deceased husbands Westchester County pistol permit. A receipt for said items were never issued to her which is unheard of in law enforcement. She continually requested a receipt of some documentation because of her fear of being liable for unaccounted firearms. Finally, after almost a year, she received report 1799-19 (see below) which is very disturbing. 2 firearms are reported as stolen or missing. 2 firearms are listed as unknown origins. The EPD also informed her that her husband’s pistol permit was not turned over to the Westchester County pistol permit division until March 2019. It is supposed to be done immediately. Also, firearms have unknown makes, models and serial numbers.
Like every other case, we will be looking into the story and making sure Scarpino’s office gets the information, but as with many other cases like the few aforementioned cases, we do not expect much from the DA’s office.
With thirty-seven years of combined experience as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and as a Judge in and around Westchester County for thirty years, the voters expected more from their Chief Law Enforcement Official in the county. He is obviously qualified so one has to ask why he can’t seem to put a case together against Spiezio despite the plethora of information he has been provided.
Whether it’s incompetence, ineptitude or just plain submissiveness, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino failure to investigate, indict and prosecute corruption has given individuals like Spiezio carte blanche to steal from the taxpayers of Mount Vernon. He dropped the investigation of Spiezio’ possession of a city-owned car even after he is officially no longer affiliated with the MVPD and why a vehicle paid for by the city is in his name. Spiezio gets richer while the residents get poorer and Scarpino continues to turn a blind eye and dropped the investigation. If Scarpino won’t act, the voters must at election time.