BLUE TRUTH: Where’s Yonkers Police Officer Robert McDonough

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YONKERS, NY — July 25, 2019 — Emergency Service Unit Sgt. Michael Koch succeeds Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants Association President Captain Christopher Sapienza who was yesterday appointed as the department’s newest Deputy Chief. Congratulations to C.L.S.A. President Sgt. Michael Koch and Deputy Chief Christopher Sapienza.

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Yonkers Police Department Protocol Versus Franklin Township Police Department Hezitorial

McDonough is No Longer in Rehab! So Where Is He? 


The Blue Truth

Bronxville Tribune / Yonkers Tribune / Mount Vernon Tribune / Westchester Tribune Publisher / Editor-at-Large and WHYT Radio’s Westchester On the Level Host Hezi Aris.

YONKERS, NY — July 25, 2019 — It was on June 16, 2019 that Yonkers Police Officer Robert McDonough was engaged in a double shift assignment. Upon arrival at Yonkers 3rd Police Precinct, McDonough parked his patrol car in the precinct parking lot sometime after 7a.m., while his partner was filing reports on their double shift with superiors. At approximately 7:45a.m., McDonough was found slumped in the patrol car by an unidentified, on duty, uniformed Police Officer who discovered McDonough in an unresponsive state in the Police Patrol Car. Emergency Service Units were called to attend to McDonough. It took 3 canisters of Naloxone to resuscitate McDonough. Naloxone, also known by the trademark NARCAN, is an antidote against opioids such as fentanyl, heroin, codeine, morphine, methadone, and oxycodone.

Informed sources advise the Yonkers Tribune that Yonkers Police Officer McDonough and his partner had allegedly responded to an drug overdose job. At the scene the police officers found 100s of pills which were presumably handed in at the 3rd Precinct, conduct known in police jargon as being “property clerked”. 

Complaints had been allegedly lodged against McDonough’s past conduct with respect to use of illicit drugs with the Yonkers Internal Affairs Department.

It was on June 17th, that a posting on Facebook asserted that members of the Yonkers Fire Department had forensically tested the patrol car McDonough had driven for any illegal drugs. The Facebook post allegedly attested to the posting was removed within an hour of being posted. Even so, sources with the Yonkers Fire Department verified that the posting was noticed and the assertion that the patrol car had revealed grains of illicit drugs was alleged. The sources spoke only if their anonymity was maintained and revealed no more, concerned they would suffer some form of retribution were it known who they were. Yonkers Tribune will not betray their trust. The drug analysis outcome was not specified to the Yonkers Tribune as to the drug(s) recognized by the forensic analysis. The person who posted the notice on Facebook was also not revealed. The Facebook posting did however inform the Facebook reader that traces of fentanyl and heroin were indeed found in the patrol car driven by McDonough and his partner on a “late car”, that is, a double shift duty from 4pm-12am Sunday, June 16th, and from 12Midnight to 8am, of June 17th.

Once discovered to have suffered an overdose of any kind, the Yonkers PBA steps in to protect the Police Officer, sequestering him in a rehabilitation center operated by the City of Yonkers but only after first being attended to at a hospital setting. Such an officer is forced into a regiment of rehabilitation that is intentioned to wean him off the addictive drug. In reality the rehabilitation process is a smoke screen which permits little scrutiny of the facts that transpired. It becomes instead an employment line for people earning a salary for which they can no longer perform. The paymaster is the Yonkers taxpayer who are totally unaware of what is happening in their name. The “light duty” assignments are placement such as in the communication department where such individuals respond to calls to the YPD. They are paid the salary of a Police Officer but no longer engage in police work.

There are allegedly many Yonkers Police Officers who have succumbed to the demons of drug addictions. Some were not vetted fully prior to being employed, while others, whose conduct and past behavior is and was known, was overlooked because they were part of the family and friends network. 

The City of Yonkers can deny that which is herein described. Only one person has been outed; he is a public figure. The window of opportunity to rid the YPD of this curse is now. Waiting a few weeks will continue their addiction and put in harms way other Police Officers and the Public.

One must ask why the Precinct Captains have not informed recently retired Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner? If as the Yonkers Tribune informs readers of this circumstance as we allege it has, corroborated by people with knowledge of this incident and many others, will newly installed Acting Police Commissioner John Mueller scrutinize a clean up of the mess that has been part of the Yonkers Police Department culture for many years? Will this responsibility be shouldered by Yonkers Acting Police Commissioner John Mueller? There must be a formal investigation of what is transpiring in Yonkers while perjurers continue to deny and deny and deny and remain mum, asserting “they know nothing”.

Should the assertion be made that there is nothing hidden, a Department of Justice investigation must be called for now; not next year. How deep is the corruption? The Yonkers PBA knows. Why won’t Yonkers City Hall clean up the mess they have permitted to fester under their watch? 

If Yonkers City Hall is unaware of who the past addicts were and are, the Yonkers Tribune will inform them. We may not know them all, then again, we know most of them. Many can be found in jobs best described as “light duty” assignments, earning Yonkers Police Officer salaries but not capable or trusted to be Police Officers. So now they answer telephone calls.

Did the 3rd Yonkers Police Precinct Captain inform now retired Police Commissioner Charles Gardner in writing regarding Police Officer McDonough’s alleged waywardness? If not, why not? 

Who guards the bastions of silence and perjury in the City of Yonkers? 

Mayor Mike Spano must put a kabosh on this scam! 

The appropriate conduct is for the Yonkers Police Department to dismiss such a person from the force.

The incident described herein is one of a growing number of Yonkers Police Officers, who once found to suffer from an alleged overdose of narcotics, such as induced by the use of fentanyl, opioids, heroin and prescription painkillers like morphine, codeine, methadone, and oxycodone are immediately transported for medical attention.

Under the care and attendance of medical attention, the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) directs the “patient” for rehabilitation which precludes further inquiry into the circumstances that took place. Even doctors may not be questioned due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) standards and protocol. HIPAA was created to primarily modernize the flow of healthcare information, stipulates how Personally Identifiable Information maintained by the healthcare and healthcare insurance industries should be protected from fraud and theft, and how to address limitations on healthcare insurance coverage.

After an initial hospital stay, McDonough was taken to the City of Yonkers rehabilitation center.  That was almost 6 weeks ago.

When the Yonkers Tribune inquired about McDonough with a city haller, they said they were 99 percent sure McDonough was fired, yet that was proven not to be the case. It took another 4 days to find out their assertion regarding  McDonough being let go, which was 100 percent erroneous and/or knowingly intentioned to deceive.  

Maintaining a wall of silence and subterfuge on this issue is deleterious to fellow police officers in the City of Yonkers that no free cup of Joe with a Yonkers Police Officer can correct. It is only about trust. Every member of the police department underwrites the integrity of other Police Officers  positively. It is likely easier to undermine the entire department by one challenged individual that can tarnish the integrity and exemplary conduct of most members of a department I respect, despite deficiencies allowed to languish insidiously by others.

What is the rationale for holding onto Yonkers Police Officers who are recognized to engage in addictive substance abuse behavior they engage in intentionally as a recreation or is due to an addiction they have lost the capacity to control?

Why does the Yonkers Police Department maintain the employment of Police Officers who by their word do not suffer from substance abuse addiction yet they test positive to fentanyl, heroin, and other illegal substances? They are afforded immediate care in a hospital setting, and are thereafter entered into a City of Yonkers rehabilitation program intended to wean them off the use of addictive drugs. Some may indeed be saved; others are not or can not. At issue is whether such police personnel, while under the influence of addictive drugs have the capacity to protect themselves, their partner, the populace, and the property to which they are likewise assigned to protect. 

Logically, YPD should be testing the blood and urine of all police officers on a regular basis to protect them from the ravages of drug addiction, and to thwart a relapse to addictive drugs, so that they may protect themselves, their police officer colleagues, the people in the community they patrol, and the property therein. Yet they are not tested. Why not?

It is also a prudent course of action to test police officers so that should they be mentally affected by the use of illicit drugs, get violent,  become abusive, short tempered, or even shoot their gun inappropriately, the City of Yonkers taxpayer will not suffer increased taxes to foot the bills of pending lawsuits. Blood and urine testing can mitigate potentially negative outcome. Why does the Yonkers Police Department not engage in such prudent, efficacious, and respectful conduct for all concerned.

Hiding the whereabouts of personnel suffering addiction withdrawal is deleterious to the trust people expect of building a respectful and forthright relationship for those who serve Yonkers in blue. 

And lastly, why is there no press release to advise P.O. McDonough’s health, and whereabouts. This issue will not be forgotten as it goes to the very core emblazoned on the sappy Madison Avenue logo on YPD Patrol Cars whose use of the term “integrity” is diminished by the lack of transparency and forthrightness.

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The rest of the story that is juxtaposed to PART1.

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ — July 12, 2019 — New Jersey police dispatchers could not get a response from Franklin Township Patrol Officer Matthew Ellery early one morning in April, so they sent another officer — who happened to also be a paramedic — to his last known location.

Ellery’s fellow officer saved his life as he overdosed on heroin in the driver’s seat of the patrol car. According to the Somerset Prosecutor’s Office Ellery, 29, of Middlesex, NJ, on Friday, July 12, 2019th pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled dangerous substance and driving while intoxicated. As part of his plea, he will apply for admission into a five-year Somerset County Drug Court Program, with an alternative sentence in the range of three to five years in New Jersey State Prison if he fails to successfully complete the drug court program; a seven month suspension of his driver’s license, associated fines and penalties, and the loss of his job as a Franklin Township Police Officer.

Ellery also agreed to forfeit his position as a police office. His driver’s license will be suspended for 7 months. 

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What’s best for Yonkers? 

Which model is most appropriate and best for the public interest? The Yonkers Police Department model or the Franklin Township Police Department model? Cast your perspective anonymously in the comment section and please validate and explain your perspective and stay on topic.

Thank you for participating!

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Comments 9

  1. Blame the drug companies,
    They’ve made trillions on opiates while the fda looks the other way.
    Drug companies are the reason opiates of any kind are in such high demand!
    -Don’t forget, most heroin in the USA is smuggled through: The Southern Border
    -This is going on for almost 18-20 years now, never heard anyone speak about it except Donald Trump.

  2. Like it or not the Yonkers Tribune tells it like it is. The people of Yonkers have a right to know what Public Officials do. In the New Jersey incident the Township was transparent and took immediate action unlike Yonkers.

  3. Hezi, under the Spano regime nothing gets to the public. Yonkers has a habit of hiding misconduct within the Yonkers Police Department. NJ is what a normal town does when a cop turns out to work while under the influence of drugs.

  4. Let’s call it like it is! The article points out that there is no room for any type of drug usage, whether on or off duty. So where is this cop? Can others trust him? Can the Community trust him. Not at all. Stop it, the cop is a public figure and the public, the courts and the community needs to know! So if you see something, say something before it is too late like the other two or three Yonkers Cops.

  5. I think Hezi is making an example of our leadership in Yonkers. The lack of accountability and corrective measures that have been taken are unacceptable. Most of the men and woman of the YPD do a great job protecting and serving the city.
    Any police officer under the influence during a tour, who in addition has an overdose with on duty, Should be suspended without pay until they receive proper treatment. The partner who worked with him all night had to know, and should also be reprimanded.
    As to working desk duty and answering phones, I could live with that but not on a PO salary.

    Hezi thank you for keeping us inform.

    1. Agreed 100%, however nothing is gained by using this article to launch a search party for this specific officer. The issue is complex and wide ranging – political influence, the vetting process, etc. – so the focus should be directed toward that. The family of this officer (or any other officer) does not deserve to have their name tarnished as a result of his actions in this instance as the only person directly impacted was himself. His family are also victims of his behavior and do not deserve any additional hurt. I would imagine (and hope) if it were your friend or family member you would not be as forthcoming with this information.

      1. The bottom line- illegal drugs in your system not prescribed by a competent medical person-thank you for service but your fired.

  6. Hezi, appreciate you bringing light to a very real problem with the Yonkers police but question your logic in doxxing this officer. This is the third consecutive article in your Blue Truth series where he is mentioned by name. Perhaps you should instead reveal the names of the sources who intentionally misled you about him being fired and expose others directly involved in the cover up. This opiate crisis is much bigger than one man who hopefully at this moment is in a place where he is trying to rid himself of these demons and I feel you are trying to make an example of him.

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