An NYPD boss in charge of a unit that probes excessive force by cops was stripped of his gun and badge on Thursday after refusing to answer questions in the wide-ranging federal probe into gifts for favors, a union official said.
Deputy Chief John Sprague was placed on modified duty after he invoked the Fifth Amendment.
“On the advice of counsel, Deputy Chief Sprague has relied upon his constitutional right as a citizen of the United States,” Captain Endowment Association President Roy Richter said.
“The Chief will continue to cooperate with whatever administrative process the Department deems appropriate.”
The probe by the feds and the NYPD includes allegations of taking gifts that included diamonds, trips and prostitutes for favors, police sources have said.
Sprague, who was previously the commanding officer of the 66 Precinct in Brooklyn, was promoted to deputy chief in March and was tapped to lead the Force Investigation Division, which was designated to look into police force.