Earlier this week, two NYPD supervisors were caught submitting fake vaccine cards as part of the inoculation requirement enforced upon the police force.
After a probe on the matter, Lieutenant Joseph Marsella and Captain Desmond Morales have been placed on desk duty and have had their guns and badges taken from them. Marsella works in the 72nd Precinct and joined the department in 2008. Morales joined the force in 2000 and works in Brooklyn. It wasn’t clear what precinct or unit he’s part of.
An investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau is also underway into the allegations of the officers being caught submitting fake vaccine cards. The NYPD’s probe will also reportedly look into the vaccine status of other officers who may have submitted fraudulent paperwork to avoid Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine requirement on police officers.
“There’s two modified right now,” a high-ranking police source said. “There’s numerous people being summonsed by the Attorney General and FBI.”
“We were clear from the outset that vaccine compliance was a serious matter. It is not just about the individual NYPD employee’s health, but also the health of their coworkers and others around them,” the NYPD said in a statement. “If the investigation finds that these two officers substituted false documentation to the department it is a serious breach of integrity and the law.”