Corrupt Cop Rebuked — Citizens Win, Right? - Page 2
"According to the report, Officer Fernando Desouza said there were only two options he was given regarding Captain Maale’s Memorial Day party: attend the party or go to work. He stated, 'I knew if I didn’t go to the barbeque I would have to go to work. It wasn’t a day off for us because if it was, I would have stayed home. So I would never go. I don’t go to any social events. I felt like I needed to go.'
The anonymous letter asked investigators to, 'Look into how many calls of service and crimes were committed on the night of May 30, 2010 in the Entertainment District Unit. Lieutenant Maale’s misuse of his authority has really created a high civil liability upon the city. If you look into the calls for service and crimes on the night of the party, how many crimes could have been prevented or aid rendered to a victim? Maybe a victim out there wouldn’t have been a victim if the six members assigned to the entertainment District Unit were working instead of being forced to attend a party.'"
The "good old boy system" is much worse for society than just the waste of tax money. Cronyism and back scratching creates a culture where those who want to serve the community become outcast. Those who play ball do a lot less work, and are better rewarded.
“The fact that the entire unit did not work their scheduled shift in order to attend a party... placed the burden of manpower issues on patrol and reduced the security in the downtown district on a three day holiday weekend."
Public safety is a team sport, and the unfairness is self-evident. I was still left wondering why they suddenly cared about it. In my experience (in fire and EMS) such things are generally open secrets.
"A second investigation focused on Maale [and subordinate] Officer Cathy Cognetti... the same officer who Maale was previously found in a separate investigation to have had a personal relationship with. Maale, 42, is married, and his relationship with Cognetti, 25, caused discontent in the EDU. Internal records show that Cognetti was invited to the ill-fated Memorial Day bash at Maale and his wife’s home in Palm Beach Gardens. It’s unclear if Cognetti attended."
"On three different days in November, when Cognetti was still on light duty, she worked out with Maale, her supervisor, in the basement gym of the police department. They stretched, used medicine balls, and did various exercises that city investigators found she was not allowed to do. This came after Maale and Cognetti were already under investigation for their personal relationship."Continued on the next page