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Blacks in Law Enforcement of America

A National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals

New York Office


405 Tarrytown Rd. #1318
White Plains, New York 10607

Accepting Our Responsibility to Rebuild Our Community

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June!19,!2016!
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Richard!Thomas!!
Mayor!!
City!of!Mt.!Vernon!!
1!Roosevelt!Square,!!
Mount!Vernon,!NY!10550!
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To!whom!it!may!concern,!
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You!are!already!aware!of!our!letter!sent!to!Acting!Police!Commissioner!Fatigate!on!
May!19,!2016,!concerning!Mr.!Spiezio!conducting!himself!out!of!the!scope!of!the!Mt.!
Vernon!City!Charter,!by!performing!property!seizures!without!proper!certification!
from!the!City!Clerks!office!of!being!a!Deputy!Commissioner.!!!
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The!City!Clerk,!George!Brown!has!confirmed!that!you!did!not!submit!any!oath!of!
office!dated!January!27,!2016,!until!June!1,!2016.!Our!organization!has!copies!of!all!
communication!between!you!and!the!City!Clerks!Office!through!the!Freedom!of!
Information!Act.!Are!you!aware!that!the!City!Charter!states!that!all!appointments!
must!be!submitted!within!15!days!of!swearing!in?!!
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Chapt.!24!Article!IV!reads!!An!appointive!officer!or!employee!within!15!days!after!
receipt!of!notice!of!his!appointment,!the!office!or!position!shall!be!deemed!to!be!
vacant!and!the!vacancy!shall!be!filled!in!the!manner!herein!provided!for!the!filling!of!
a!vacancy.!
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As!a!national!law!enforcement!organization,!it!is!evident!that!your!office!has!
disregarded!the!city!charter!on!appointments!and!for!six!months,!from!January!27,!Y!
June!1,!2016,!Mr.!Spiezio!has!been!impersonating!a!law!enforcement!official.!
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I!hope!you!understand!the!seriousness!of!this!situation.!As!a!national!organization!of!
Law!Enforcement!Professionals,!it!is!our!duty!to!make!sure!proper!rules!and!
regulations!are!followed!before!anyone!can!wear!a!badge!that!them!a!license!to!
arrest!and!use!deadly!force.!
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Member&of&the&Grand&Council&of&Guardians&&

The!recent!outburst!of!threats!to!do!bodily!harm!and!other!homophobic!insulting!
slurs!to!an!Elected!Official,!Councilman!Andre!Wallace!by!alleged!Deputy!Police!!
Commissioner!Joseph!Spiezio!should!be!unacceptable!on!every!level!of!the!Mt.!
Vernon!City!Government.!
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Threatening!to!do!bodily!harm!an!elected!official!is!a!serious!crime,!especially!when!
the!elected!official!was!doing!his!job!in!protecting!the!interest!of!the!citizens!that!
voted!him!in!office.!!
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Police!Departments!and!City!Governments!have!a!strict!code!of!conduct!and!ethic!
policies!and!Mt.!Vernon!shouldn't!be!any!different.!A!Deputy!Commissioners!actions!
in!public!cannot!and!should!not!be!exempt!from!any!policy.!
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As!a!former!City!Councilman!and!now!Mayor,!I!assume!you!understand!the!penalty!
of!making!false!official!statements,!especially!by!law!enforcement!personnel.!A!false!
report!is!a!crime!governed!by!federal!and!state!laws,!involving!a!person!who,!with!
intent!to!deceive,!knowingly!makes!a!false!statement!that!is!material!to!the!criminal!
investigation!of!a!crime.!!
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Our!organization!is!in!possession!of!the!full!audio!of!the!confrontation!between!
alleged!Deputy!Police!Commissioner!Spiezio!and!Councilman!Wallace.!What!we!
have!on!audio!and!what!Acting!Police!Commissioner!Fatigate!has!described!in!your!
official!statement!is!very!contradicting.!!
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Even!if!Acting!Police!Commissioner!Fatigate!claim!had!validity,!which!it!does!not,!as!
a!Deputy!Police!Commissioner,!Joseph!Spiezio!actions!are!unbecoming!of!any!law!
enforcement!officer.!No!professional!would!call!anyone!a!fag!or!crossYdresser!in!
the!capacity!of!Deputy!Police!Commissioner!and!it!is!evident!from!the!full!audio!that!
Acting!Police!Commissioner!Fatigue!stood!by!and!allowed!his!Deputy!to!go!out!of!
control!and!then!blatantly!lied!on!an!official!statement.!!
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You!are!also!aware!that!as!Mayor!you!have!a!sworn!duty!to!uphold!the!laws!of!the!
city,!the!state!Constitution!and!the!Constitution!of!the!United!States.!It!is!clear!that!
there!are!a!pattern!and!practice!in!your!administration!to!disregard!the!law!when!it!
comes!to!its!officials!and!retaliate!against!those!who!hold!you!accountable!to!the!
laws!you!have!sworn!to!uphold.!!
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To!this!end,!we!are!demanding!the!immediate!resignation!of!alleged!Deputy!Police!
Commissioner!Joseph!Spiezio!for!derogatory!homophobic!statements!and!threating!
to!do!bodily!harm!to!an!elected!official.!!
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We!are!also!demanding!the!immediate!resignation!of!Acting!Police!Commissioner!
Fatigate!for!failure!to!act!as!a!Commissioner,!falsifying!statements!and!conduct!
unbecoming!an!officer!of!the!law.!!
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We!will!be!forwarding!all!our!findings!to!county,!state!and!federal!authorities!and!
requesting!a!further!investigation!into!the!facts!of!your!Deputy!Police!
Commissioner,!Joseph!Spiezio!making!apparent!physical!threats!to!an!elected!
official!and!Acting!Police!Commissioner!falsifying!statements.!!
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Mayor!Thomas,!you!ran!on!a!stance!of!accountability!and!transparency,!not!taking!
action!against!these!blatant!transgressions!of!city!and!departmental!policies!you!
will!have!failed!miserably!on!your!promise!to!the!people!of!Mt.!Vernon.!!
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As!we!discuss!the!gang!problem!amongst!our!youth!in!Mt.!Vernon,!it!seems!clear!
before!we!solve!the!little!gang!problem!we!must!confront,!control!and!eradicate!the!
criminal!gang!that!has!taken!control!or!our!police!department.!
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Thank!you!for!you!time!in!this!matter.!
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Damon!K.!Jones!!
New!York!Representative!!
Blacks!in!Law!Enforcement!of!America!!
914Y525Y5288!
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cc:!Ronald!Hampton!!
Blacks!In!Law!Enforcement!of!America!
Washington!D.C.!!
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Bonita!E.!Zelman!
Legal!Council!!
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James!A.!McCarty!
Acting!District!Attorney!
Westchester!County!
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Eric!Schneiderman!
New!York!State!Attorney!General!!
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Preet!Bhahara!!
U.S.!Attorney!Southern!District!
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Blacks in Law Enforcement of America


A National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Professionals

New York Office


405 Tarrytown Rd. #1318
White Plains, New York 10607

Accepting Our Responsibility to Rebuild Our Community

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June!19,!2016!
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Ronald!Fatigate!!
Acting!Police!Commissioner!!
Mt.!Vernon!Police!Department!
1!Roosevelt!Square,!!
Mount!Vernon,!NY!10550!
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To!whom!it!may!concern,!
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In!response!to!your!statement!dated,!June!19,!2016,!concerning!the!actions!of!your!
Deputy!Police!Commissioner!Joseph!Spiezio.!!
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As!Acting!Police!Commissioner!and!a!member!of!the!Thomas!Administration,!I!
assume!you!understand!the!penalty!of!making!false!official!statements.!A!false!
report!is!a!crime!governed!by!federal!and!state!laws,!involving!a!person!who,!with!
intent!to!deceive,!knowingly!makes!a!false!statement!that!is!material!to!the!criminal!
investigation!of!a!crime.!!
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Our!organization!is!in!possession!of!the!full!audio!of!the!confrontation!between!
alleged!Deputy!Police!Commissioner!Spiezio!and!Councilman!Wallace.!What!we!
have!on!audio!and!what!you!have!described!in!your!official!statement!is!
contradicting.!!
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Even!if!your!claim!had!validity,!which!it!does!not,!a!Deputy!Police!Commissioner,!
Joseph!Spiezio!actions!are!unbecoming!of!any!law!enforcement!officer.!No!
professional!would!call!anyone!a!fag!or!cross!dresser!in!the!capacity!of!Deputy!
Police!Commissioner!and!it!is!evident!from!the!full!audio!that!Acting!Police!
Commissioner!Fatigue!stood!by!and!allowed!his!Deputy!to!go!out!of!control.!!
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How!can!Mr.!Spiezio!be!Deputy!Police!Commissioner!and!have!a!carting!company!in!
the!same!city?!!You!are!aware!that!Competition!Carting,!R&S!Waste!Services!LLC!are!
own!by!Mr.!Spiezio?!It!is!also!clear!from!the!video!that!Mr.!Spiezio!was!not!working!
in!his!capacity!of!a!Deputy!Commissioner!he!was!responding!as!the!owner!of!the!
two!companies.!!Are!you!aware!that!per!the!City!Charter!that!is!a!conflict!of!interest?!!
Member&of&the&Grand&Council&of&Guardians&&

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Article!4,!Section!19!Restrictions;!Officers&Not&To&Be&Interested&In&Contracts&
No&member&of&the&City&Council&or&other&officer&or&employee&of&the&City,&or&person&
receiving&a&salary&or&compensation&from&funds&appropriated&by&the&City,&shall&be&
interested&directly&or&indirectly&in&any&contract&to&which&the&City&is&a&party,&either&as&
principal,&surety&or&otherwise;&nor&shall&any&such&member&of&the&City&Council,&City&
officer&or&employee&or&person,&or&his&partner,&or&any&agent,&servant,&or&employee&of&
such&officer,&employee&or&person,&or&of&the&firm&of&which&he&is&a&partner,&purchase&from&
or&sell&to&the&City,&or&any&officer&thereof,&any&real&or&personal&property&for&the&use&of&the&
City,&or&any&board&or&officer&thereof,&nor&shall&he&be&interested&directly&or&indirectly&in&
any&work&to&be&performed&for,&or&services&rendered&to&or&for&it,&or&in&any&sale&to&or&from&
said&City,&or&to&any&officer,&board&or&person&in&its&behalf.&Any&contract&made&in&violation&
of&any&of&these&provisions&shall&be&void.&
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You!are!also!aware!that!as!Acting!Police!Commissioner!you!have!a!sworn!duty!to!
uphold!the!laws!of!the!city,!the!state!Constitution!and!the!Constitution!of!the!United!
States.!It!is!clear!that!there!is!a!pattern!and!practice!in!the!Thomas!administration!to!
disregard!the!law!when!it!comes!to!its!officials.!!
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We!will!be!forwarding!all!our!findings!to!county,!state!and!federal!authorities!and!
requesting!a!further!investigation!into!the!facts!of!your!Deputy!Police!
Commissioner,!Joseph!Spiezio!making!apparent!physical!threats!to!an!elected!
official.!!
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As!we!discuss!the!gang!problem!amongst!our!youth!in!Mt.!Vernon,!it!seems!clear!
before!we!solve!the!little!gang!problem!we!must!confront,!control!and!eradicate!the!
criminal!gang!that!has!taken!control!or!our!police!department.!
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Thank!you!for!you!time!in!this!matter.!!
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Damon!K.!Jones!!
New!York!Representative!!
Blacks!in!Law!Enforcement!of!America!!
914[525[5288!
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cc:!Ronald!Hampton!!
Blacks!In!Law!Enforcement!of!America!
Washington!D.C.!!
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Bonita!E.!Zelman!
Legal!Council!!
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James!A.!McCarty!
Acting!District!Attorney!
Westchester!County!

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Eric!Schneiderman!
New!York!State!Attorney!General!!
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Preet!Bhahara!!
U.S.!Attorney!Southern!District!
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