March 2008 letters to APB E-mail

Divorce
The January 2008 article regarding divorce hits home for many of us in law enforcement. While some of us experience amicable agreement with custody arrangements, others aren't so lucky. After four years studying the matter, I've found many problems with our laws that seem to encourage divorce as well as custody battles that place children in the middle. First and foremost, Title IV-D of the Social Security Act awards federal dollars to local governments based on how much child support is collected. For millions of dads separated from their children, the consequences of this policy are intolerable. The second problem is the child custody act itself. The notion that a child is better off living with a single parent has been disproven time and time again by countless studies, yet our juvenile detention centers are filled with children raised in a fatherless home. After a ten-year study, the country of Denmark now mandates their courts to award joint custody. America has yet to follow suit but is heading in the right direction with the Family Preservation and Reconciliation Act of 2007. However, dads across the nation continue being stripped of the right to raise their children and the children are being denied the opportunity to develop a positive relationship with their fathers. The result of all this is that we have a whole generation of youngsters who don't understand what fatherhood really is. Finally, a correlation exists with awards of joint custody and filings for divorce. The more a court issues sole custody to the mother, the higher the divorce rate. A mother files for divorce fully knowing that she has an 80 percent chance of getting sole custody of the children and receiving a significant portion of the father's income.

–D. Aldrich

Steroids
Along with Brian McNamee, the former NYPD cop who has been accused of giving steroids to Roger Clemens, there's another person from the NYPD who was involved with a similar scandal over a decade before. Retired Lt. Kevin Hallinan, the former commanding officer of the NYPD/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, was allegedly told by FBI special agent Greg Stejskal in 1994 about "Operation Equine," a nationwide steroid investigation. According to the Mitchell Report and first reported by the New York Daily News in 2005, Stejskal said he told Hallinan that he had information that Jose Canseco and other ballplayers were using steroids. The illegal use of steroids was pervasive, Stejskal said. According to the Mitchell Report, Hallinan said he does not remember being approached by Stejskal. Stejskal called Hallinan again in 2002 and the lieutenant assigned his deputy, Martin Maguire, to investigate the agent's allegations. According to another report in the Daily News, Maguire interviewed Curtis Wenzlaff, a convicted steroids trafficker, who told him that he had supplied steroids to Canseco and a number of other players. Maguire later asked Hallinan if he should investigate media reports that Canseco used steroids, but Hallinan told him to drop the investigation. But there's not much new here. Retired NYPD police officers have been involved in N.Y. Yankee history and various scandals from the very first day of the ballclub's American League franchise right up until the present. Former NYPD 1st Deputy Commissioner and the last uniform MOS to hold the title of "NYPD Chief of Police," William ‘Big Bill' Devery, who was also a former jailed felon, was the first owner of the N.Y. Highlanders / Yankees, along with the corrupt Tammany Sachem Frank Farrell and one other. Devery is the man most responsible for the N.Y. Highlanders / Yankees' first baseball scandal, when in a cost-saving endeavor, he had uniformed, on-duty NYPD police officers assigned ‘in the bag' to Highland Park as ushers and parking lot attendants. This was a habit he carried over from Madison Square Garden, when it was located adjacent to Madison Square Park. Big Bill Devery ran the boxing rackets there. Believe it or not, Devery would sit ringside in his chief's uniform, while on-duty police officers performed usher duties inside the garden. At the time, professional prizefighting was illegal in New York State. For more information, check out the minutes of the 1894 NYS Lexow Committee Hearings and the 1899 Mazet Committee Hearings into police corruption for the special relationships "Big Bill" Devery had with Frank Farrell and ‘Clubber' Williams.

– Sgt. Mike Bosak (Ret.) NYPD


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