October 22, 2007
BY ALISON GENDAR
DAILY NEWS POLICE BUREAU CHIEF
The head of the city's rank-and-file police union said the decision to clear an NYPD deputy chief caught up in a steroids sting smacks of favoritism.
NYPD brass concluded Brooklyn Deputy Chief Michael Marino did nothing wrong by buying a topical steroid cream from a Brooklyn drugstore that is under investigation for distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Marino took a voluntary drug test and said he appeared before the Internal Affairs Bureau to preserve his reputation after his name was leaked to the press. Top brass backed Marino and said his prescription for the cream was legitimate, police sources said.
But Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said the chief should at least have been put on modified duty until the probe is complete.
"Right now, six police officers and a supervisor are accused of the same thing - yet the police officers are modified and the supervisor is not," Lynch said.
"All we want and expect is a fair investigation."
Six cops - a sergeant and five police officers - remain under department review for allegedly buying steroids from the same Bay Ridge shop, Lowen's Compounding Pharmacy.
None face criminal charges, but they could be disciplined or dismissed pending the review.
All six used the same Bay Ridge doctor to get their prescriptions, sources said. In at least one case, an officer bought topical cream as well as injectable steroids, sources said.
"If the PBA wants to be holier than thou, how come their members aren't lining up to take the drug test?" said John Driscoll, president of the Captains Endowment Association, which also represents deputy chiefs.