Four police officers have been suspended while investigators sort through allegations that three of them possessed illegal drugs and another had sex with a woman in a stationhouse in exchange for her release, according to a police official and a defense attorney.
Matt Jablow, a city police spokesman, said yesterday that the four male officers were suspended with pay late last week after the department began investigating the allegations. He declined to release details of the allegations or name the officers.
But other sources, including attorney Warren A. Brown, who said he represents the officer accused in the sex case, called the investigation weak. He said the probe began last week and grew when police searched a work area in the Southwestern District in response to the woman's complaint.
Brown said that the woman told investigators that after she was released on the evening of Dec. 27, the officer gave her back a marijuana cigarette. But Brown said that is not true.
"The very joint she says they gave back to her was submitted into evidence," Brown said. "So she's a big fat liar."
Brown said that the next day, Dec. 28, Internal Affairs detectives obtained a warrant, searched the stationhouse and seized drugs alleged to have a connection to three other officers.
Brown said that the officer he represents, whom he declined to identify, "categorically" denies the allegations.
The officers are members of the Southwestern District's "flex" squad. Police commanders across the city use such squads in different ways, depending on needs in each district. Flex squad officers could be assigned to uniform or plainclothes duty, and to drug or nuisance-crime enforcement.