An NYPD lieutenant who had been demoted for leaving work early as an alternative of going to a Brooklyn hospital after two cops have been shot has been suspended, sources advised The Publish.
Lt. Scott Forster, 32, was demoted from captain final yr as a result of he failed to point out up at Kings County Hospital after the cops have been shot Feb. 20, 2016.
The NYPD accused him of “gross negligence” after the shootings of cops William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw in a gun battle with a gang member.
Forster was suspended Thursday however the period of time was not instantly obtainable.
The nonfatal shootings occurred forty minutes earlier than the top of his shift.
With the hospital in his precinct, Forster was anticipated to coordinate the arrival of police brass and organize rooms for kinfolk, amongst different duties.
Forster additionally ignored a number of calls and messages from his bosses afterward, sources have stated, even claiming it wasn’t his drawback.
He was stripped of his gun and badge final yr, and positioned on modified obligation.
The incident triggered an NYPD probe into his work practices to see if he skipped out on work that day and on “quite a few” different events, police sources have stated.
As punishment, the Staten Island resident was transferred from his submit as second in charge of the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights to desk obligation on the 52nd Precinct within the northwest Bronx.
Forster admitted that he by no means signed a command log for the 7 p.m.-to-four a.m. shift and as an alternative ordered a desk officer to signal for him – a violation of division guidelines, sources stated.
He additionally stated on the time that he “might have left the 71st Precinct previous to the top of his tour” as a result of he was sick to his abdomen.
Amanda Woods contributed reporting