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The retired police officer, Nicholas Tartaglione, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned in late December.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “While all murders tear at the fabric of our communities, when the alleged perpetrator of a gangland-style, quadruple homicide is a former police officer, that strikes at the heart of civilized society.”
The attorney alleges that Tartaglione killed Martin Luna, Urbano Santiago, Miguel Luna and Hector Gutierrez in a bar called the Likquid Lounge, which is run by Tartaglione’s brother. Chester police chief Peter Graziano, says one or two of the men had been involved in drug activity, but the others may have just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tartaglione doesn’t have the most stellar record from his time on the Briarcliff Manor police force, either. Suspended in 1999 after being arrested for perjury (he was accused of lying at a DMV hearing about a drunk driving arrest he’d made, but he was acquitted), he was fired from his job. He then sued — and won — to get his job back in 2003, and the courts awarded him $320,000 in back pay.
A cable TV host sued him for harassment and physical beatings and won more than $1.1 million shortly after that.
Now Tartaglione faces at least 10 years in prison for the drug conspiracy and between 20 years and life on each of the murder charges.
What Do You Think?
Have you heard this story of the mediocre cop-gone-bad? What do you think this says about policing in the state of New York, and about administrative loopholes that let questionable police get their jobs back? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this case and similar situations, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter. Authorities discovered four bodies of men allegedly killed by a retired New York cop during a busted drug deal, and they believe that the retired officer was involved in a conspiracy that would’ve flooded the streets of Briarcliff Manor with cocaine.
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