According to a New York Police Detective, he is the victim of an “anti-cop agenda” enacted by city officials under Mayor de Blasio. Detective David Terrell has filed a $175 million notice of claim against the city for failing to protect officers from malicious prosecution. Fraudulent claims that he says have become a “cottage industry” for criminal gangs.
He states that the city is doing very little to help cops who have charges filed against them, regardless of the lack of evidence:
“You can sue an officer and the city’s going to pay out, whether it’s true or not true,” Terrell told The Post. “What I say to the mayor is: Stop these people from making these frivolous claims and back the officers when something is 100 percent not true.”
“I want my name cleared, first and foremost. And I want these people to pay for their lies,” he added.
Terrell’s claims of an “unhelpful” administration and an “anti-cop agenda” comes as news leaks begin to surface supporting his position. News stories regarding gangs who hire “unethical private investigators and legal counsel to file frivolous civil-rights lawsuits.”
Terrell has also made claims of defamation. Citing two “news reports” based on “completely false or distorted information” that was spoon-fed to reporters who used it for “click bait” to generate online ad revenues. Terrell’s legal notice specifically names Sarah Wallace of NBC4/New York and James Ford of PIX11.
These reports were also cited as sources in an article by journalist Shuan King. He wrote in his article that Terrell was “one of the most brutal men in the history of the department” and said he belonged in prison. “I’ve heard him called a ‘monster,’ a ‘terrorist,’ ‘evil,’ and have had multiple families tell me he’s ‘the worst human being’ they’ve encountered in their entire lives,” King wrote.
Terrell says in a statement: The NYPD “is fully aware this sort of assignment is particularly dangerous and a legal minefield” in which “gang members, their families and members of the community that benefit from criminal enterprises routinely disrupt criminal investigations . . . with false allegations of police misconduct,” his notice says.
Terrell charges that under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYPD does not call in the state Attorney General’s Office or the feds to help with civil or criminal prosecution, or pursue civil cases through the city Law Department.
Terrell has been with the NYPD since 2002 and has made more than 1000 arrests. He has received many promotions and was specifically tasked to work with gangs in the area.
Terrell’s supporters are quick to point out that no evidence has been presented against him that cannot be easily refuted. For example, on the day that one complaint is said to have occurred, Terrell states that he was not even on duty. Of the 36 complaints against Terrell filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, only two were substantiated, both for failing to share his badge number over the phone, he told The Post.
Court records show Terrell has been named in 15 lawsuits. Two were thrown out and three were settled by the city for $614,500, $55,000 and $25,000. Ten lawsuits are still pending.