New York – Another high-ranking NYPD official was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday as an ongoing federal investigation into police accepting gifts for favors continued to rock the department, DNAinfo reported.
Inspector Peter DeBlasio, no relation to the mayor, was the operations coordinator for the Brooklyn South patrol borough until he was placed on modified duty, sources said.
He was questioned by the FBI weeks ago, but it was not immediately clear why he was interviewed or why he was disciplined.
“The inspector has cooperated fully and answered questions presented to him by federal investigators at his home in an early morning unscheduled interview weeks ago,” said Roy Richter, president of the Captains Endowment Association. “Today’s action by the NYPD is unexpected.”
Ten other officers — most of them high ranking supervisors — have been placed on modified assignment or transferred from the positions amid the probe.
The probe centers on two Brooklyn businessman with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio and to former Chief of Department Philip Banks, and whether they gave gifts or campaign contributions in exchange for favors from the police or City Hall officials.
Peter DeBlasio was once the commanding officer of the 66th Precinct, where the two businessmen lived and where several of the officers who have been disciplined have worked.