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Federal records have revealed that the City of Yonkers (CoY), the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (Yonkers PBA), the Yonkers PBA (union) President Det. Keith Olson, among others, were slapped with a 1983 Federal Civil Rights lawsuit. The suit was filed on June 4, 2015, with the United States District Court of New York White Plains, accusing PBA President Olson, among other Yonkers Police Officers (P.O.) of intentional, pre-meditated, unauthorized investigations, warrantless searches, and intimidations of its own colleagues, that is, PBA members, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association Yonkers CLSA) members, and civilians. Yonkers PBA President Olson is no stranger to Federal lawsuits with complaints replete with gross civil rights violations.
The June 4th, 2015, lawsuit is unique and undoubtedly will prove itself costly to CoY and the Yonkers PBA. It could be the catalyst that will initiate the ripple effect after the recent criminal indictments of two former Yonkers Police personnel that are now serving time for misconduct while members of the Yonkers PBA when Olson was its president. Note reference below with respect to Yonkers P.O. Neil Vera, Yonkers Police Det. Christian Koch, and the Yonkers Police Department.
Did Vera and Koch suffer their fate because of Olson’s tainted reputation with the YPD? Was their criminal conduct nurtured by the arrogance of PBA President Olson, and exacerbated by Olson’s bragging about dispensing his “own justice” referring to the Florim case at PBA union meetings? Inside sources advise the Federal lawsuit was inevitable and also unfortunate, even so, it is more than a justified response to the actions of the people named, in which unauthorized investigations, warrantless searches, tampering of evidence, and methods of intimidations were allegedly implored to put a kibosh on First Amendment Rights of former PBA Vice President, and well-decorated Police Detective Raymond Montero of the Narcotics / Gang Unit.
Note that some people are more susceptible than others to stray beyond their purview. They fall prey by believing retribution will not be exacted upon them one way or the other; by their colleagues, usually those above them in ranking, or by the law itself. Are they responsible for exceeding the standards set for everyone else? Most definitely, “Yes!” Further, recognize that the system demands everyone fall in line. Police Departments are held to higher standards that were maligned internally, yet when first noted, were permitted to deviate from the norm, maligning individuals, their character, their capacity to advance within the department, shamed and ridiculed before the department, in fact, bullied in order to break his resolve. Raymond Montero evidently gave as hard as he got, perhaps harder!
True to form, Olson’s “close cohorts and accomplice’s” newly installed, controversial Acting Police Chief John Mueller, and his main “lackey” and “conspirator” Det. Sgt. Brian Moran were individually named, as well as former Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett. Lest anyone forget, remember last year’s allegation that Mueller threw what has been dubbed, “Mueller’s 4th Precinct Beer Fest,” which was a knee-jerk response to when Olson and Mueller fought off a direct transfer order as Mueller was handing out overtime to his “boys” like hotcakes. As the end of days approach for Olson, sources under cloak from prying eyes and the promise of anonymity advise Olson has lost his palor; perhaps initiated by ever greater stress, or shock, or illness. It is noted he oftentimes sits alone in his office frantically scrambling to scrape up some reasonable response to some of his outrageous misconduct that has intentionally targeted members of his own union and members of the CLSA.
As the paint cracks on the walls of the not-often frequented PBA Office, Det. Keith Olson is reportedly rumored (Hush, hush!), and cajoled to step down as the end of his term nears expiration in January 2016.
All eyes are on Olson; his contempt for the Oath of Office of the Yonkers PBA and the internal systems and safeguards of the Yonkers Police Department Policies and Procedures maligned under his watch have been revealed. Perhaps that is why the few who visit the PBA Office are only Acting Chief Mueller and Det. Sgt. Moran. They seem unconcerned about being seen sitting in an office besmirched and soiled by PBA Pres. Olson. It does seem that the “three Amigos” are deeply immersed, using their reading glasses in the hope they can rationalize an excuse to mitigate that which they have sown. Perhaps they are comforted by consoling each other by deluding themselves of their own purported deceit and lies.
It doesn’t seem a far stretch to imagine Yonkers PBA President Olson having attained the status of “worst PBA President” ever! PBA Olson is now recognized to have sold out his members with a ten-minute presentation with respect to a ten-year contract that was not honestly revealed to the membership, especially when viewed in comparison to the contract ratified by International Association of Fire Fighters (I.A.F.F.) – Local 628.
Olson’s tenure is peppered and soiled with allegations of video and audio equipment surveillance used to record people in the PBA Office; private property being removed from Westchester County property and tampering with potential evidence involving an all-out brawl at the January 2014 PBA union meeting when one of Olson’s PBA Trustee attempted to stop Det. Montero from leaving the meeting when his only intent at that time was to get to the men’s room to relieve his bladder!
Internal reports indicate that Olson and his 4th Precinct Trustee William Pataky made similar statements after they viewed the illegally obtained video which was found by the Internal Affairs Department (IAD). If that was the case, why did Olson attempt to engage in an unauthorized investigation himself of an incident that happened on Westchester County property? Why didn’t Olson report the circumstances to the Westchester County Department of Public Safety?
Mention also needs to be made of Olson’s successful attempts to blacklist other PBA members that chose to be or were associated with his “adversaries.” Olson employed some downright underhanded tactics; specifically, Olson denied PBA members judged by Olson to be friendly to Olson’s adversaries by denying them, though not telling those members attempting to sign onto the PBA website that they could no longer do so. Those members denied to access the Website were illegally denied access to the PBA Website. Olson used the PBA Website as a “propaganda vehicle” against members, denying others access to the Website, and also used the Website for his electioneering efforts.
Olson sent his union “henchmen” throughout Yonkers to coerce newly appointed cops to sign an Olson sponsored impeachment initiative / petition. Yonkers Tribune has learned that over 400 Yonkers Police Officers to date have refused to sign the menacing and malicious petition. Furthermore, Yonkers Police Officers were NOT permitted to vote unless they attended Olson’s “Hang ‘em High Meeting.”
To date, Olson and his “thugs” have successfully hidden behind a veil to cover up the intrigues of their “cloak and dagger” games. They have for too long believed their less than honest conduct with the police membership vis-a-vis their conduct individually or collectively, whether in elected, or appointed rankings, will cause havoc onto the department, exacerbate legal costs, among other ramifications too nebulous to ascertain at present.
It seems evident of late that Quinn Law & Associates’ Andrew Quinn, Esq., the Yonkers PBA’s legal counsel has been since the Vera/Koch case MIA (missing in action). Quinn may be MIA because Quinn cannot represent both Vera and Koch due to some conflict of interest. One must wonder if, and by whom Mr Quinn was fed a lot of hooey. Quinn usually sits in on most union meetings. In fact, he has on more than one occasion stepped in an attempt to bail out Olson’s misinformation to the PBA membership, not to mention witnessing tumultuous behavior at union hall meetings.
If there is one thing that is certain, it is that under the aegis of Keith Olson, the union has never been under such controversy, turmoil, and shortly, financial and legal stress not previously considered by the “threesome.” Ousting political rivals and intimidating civilians have not and will not work. The stench of police misconduct, the type too often described by local communities within Yonkers most recently, demands immediate remedy.
Olson’s dirty dealings have evidently backfired as Montero has garnered backing and greater support among the rank and file. Montero stood up for his Constitutional right to Freedom of Expression for himself, every Yonkers PBA member, in fact all Yonkersites, and the tenets by which this nation was founded.
Clearly the historical annals of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association has never removed any member from voting or running for office. According to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity to Yonkers Tribune, Olson clearly violated Yonkers PBA Bylaws, and offered no proof, only unsubstantiated conjecture and hearsay during the illegal impeachment proceedings.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano will have to decide how they will legally proceed and who will be indemnified. City Hall must take responsibility for their political intrusion into the conduct of the Yonkers Police Department during the 3½ years of his administration’s governance. Newly designated Acting Chief John Mueller, installed at Mayor Mike Spano’s behest, and Det. Sgt. Moran may have to dig into their pockets; its seems they have been sued in their official and personal capacity. There are rumors, still unsubstantiated as far as the Yonkers Tribune is concerned, that more police personnel will be named.
Under Olson’s reign in office, Olson has gone out into the community and deliberately issued parking summonses to a local businessman by personally issuing the first of eight parking summonses with a marked patrol car nearby. This occurrence was captured by security cameras.
There are also allegations of Olson sending threatening texts to CLSA and PBA members demanding they meet him, “out of jurisdiction and off-duty,” threatening to fist fight members of the Internal Affairs Division, harassing relatives of Yonkers Police officers, and using his two supervisor friends to do his bidding in targeting individual “cops” with discipline notices, including the denial of overtime and transfers. All this on top of the fact that no previous Yonkers PBA President has ever been sued before.
As one can easily surmise and deduce, Olson has become a legal nightmare for CoY and the Yonkers PBA.
Sources advise the Yonkers Tribune on the down low that Olson has been implicated in the allegations mentioned herein, and also received a recent complaint filed with the Westchester District Attorney’s Office.
Yonkers Tribune has been speaking to these concerns for over two years, always respectful of the Yonkers Police Department and its membership, whether PBA or CLSA, with the expectation that its telling would afford the YPD an opportunity to take corrective measure internally, quietly, and effectively. It is unfortunate that two plus years were not sufficient to make appropriate changes commensurate with the department’s own pragmatism, culture and demeanor. Instead, these acts of official police misconduct is about to rear its ugly head for all Yonkersites to witness in federal court, the United States District Court of New York White Plains.
Yonkers Corporation Counsel, on behalf of the self-insured City of Yonkers, has no other witnesses other than the “dirty trio;” Keith Olson, John Mueller, and Brian Moran.
Yonkers Tribune has further been advised that other than a small handful of Olson’s union band members, the “three amigos” do not have the backing of department heads either.
Additionally, sources advise the Yonkers Tribune, that anything said on the record could be outright costly to Yonkers taxpayers, as well as the Yonkers PBA. It seems the lust for the once prestigious Yonkers PBA President post has lost much of its panache by the greed and lust exhibited by PBA President Keith Olson. Olson was able to transform his lust for power and control by undermining the civil rights of the CLSA and PBA membership.
Insiders suggest the strategy the “three Amigos” may consider their best defense is an offensive, albeit illegal concept to deflect attention from themselves. The take away is that no matter what their attempt to deflect from their wrongdoings, they will be left to fend for themselves.
THE HEZITORIAL: BLUE TRUTH – Too Little, Too Late to Clean House at the Yonkers Police Department By HEZI ARIS – September 16, 2014, https://www.yonkerstribune.com/?p=20041
Two Former Yonkers Narcotics Officers Charged with Perjury in Falsifying a Search Warrant Affidavit – October 8, 2015. https://www.yonkerstribune.com/?p=20646
THE HEZITORIAL: BLUE TRUTH – Yonkers Police Benevolent Association Rocked by Controversy By HEZI ARIS – November 6, 2014. https://www.yonkerstribune.com/?p=21661
BLUE TRUTH – The HEZITORIAL ANALYSIS: Time to Gut the Yonkers PBA Office By HEZI ARIS – March 5, 2015. https://www.yonkerstribune.com/?p=25196