Brooklyn, NY – An NYPD community affairs officer who was stripped of his gun and badge tried to retire Monday – triggering his immediate suspension because he is still a target of a federal corruption probe.
Detective Michael Milici, a 20-plus-year veteran currently assigned to Brooklyn’s 66th Precinct in Borough Park, was placed on modified duty earlier this month after invoking his Fifth Amendment rights before a grand jury hearing evidence in the case.
The NY Post reports that Detective Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives Endowment Association, said Milici filed his retirement papers Monday morning.
The Internal Affairs Bureau was notified and he was then suspended without pay.
He will still receive his pension because he has more than 20 years on the job, Palladino added.
“This is obviously a complicated situation that I prefer not to discuss in the media other than to say that Detective Milici, having an unblemished record for 25 years, simply invoked his constitutional right and he has not been officially accused of anything,” he said.
Milici was being questioned about his relationship with two Jewish businessmen suspected of offering cash and gifts to police brass in exchange for favors, such as free NYPD security at special events and rides to and from the airport.