Sgt. Armando Colon was placed on modified duty, assigned to a desk job, and could now face departmental charges, officials said Thursday.
The move against Colon, who joined the NYPD in July 2006, follows the recent indictment of Officer Richard Evans for driving while drunk on duty on Dec. 8, then responding to a noise complaint by stumbling around someone’s apartment for 30 minutes and refusing to leave.
Evans and his rookie partner had been checking out a report of a drunken dispute when someone at the scene called 911 to report Evans appeared drunk . Video footage showing the cop dazed and slurring his words, authenticated the observation.
Colon showed up at the scene and allowed Evans to drive back to the 52nd Precinct stationhouse, sources said.
Colon was recently interviewed by Internal Affairs.
“They were not satisfied with his answers,” one source said.
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called the change in Colon’s duty status “political,” and asked if the sergeant didn’t do his job, then why aren’t other supervisors also in trouble.
“Where’s the duty captain?” Mullins asked. “Where’s the operations lieutenant, who supervises (Colon)? Doesn’t it go up the food chain?”A picture of Evans asleep in the precinct stationhouse, sitting in a chair in shorts with his T-shirt pulled up exposing his belly — was published by a New York paper, the Daily News after he was caught drunk on the job.
But Evans’ lawyer, Stuart London, said prosecutors have no evidence his client was actually drunk because no tests were performed on the officer.
London also called the Bronx district attorney’s office “reckless” for bringing criminal charges in a case that is typically handled by the NYPD with administrative charges.