‘Monster’ NYPD Officer: I’m a Victim of De Blasio’s Anti-Cop Agenda
A veteran NYPD detective who has been branded a “monster” and “terrorist” by critics is fighting back — claiming he is a victim of the de Blasio administration’s anti-cop policies.
David Terrell filed a $175 million notice of claim against the city Wednesday that says it created a “cottage industry” of gang-bangers who collect taxpayer money with bogus complaints of police misconduct.
“You can sue an officer and the city’s going to pay out, whether it’s true or not true,” Terrell told The Post.
“What I say to the mayor is: Stop these people from making these frivolous claims and back the officers when something is 100 percent not true.”
“I want my name cleared, first and foremost. And I want these people to pay for their lies,” he added.
Terrell says he has been targeted by gang members and others who hire “unethical private investigators and legal counsel to file frivolous civil-rights lawsuits.”
Terrell’s notice of claim alleges violations of his own civil rights and a state law that bars lawyers from engaging in “any deceit or collusion . . . with intent to deceive the court.”
He also says he has been defamed, pointing to news reports based on “completely false or distorted information” that was spoon-fed to reporters who used it for “click bait” to generate online ad revenues.
Terrell’s legal notice, filed with city Comptroller Scott Stringer, specifically names Sarah Wallace of NBC4/New York and James Ford of PIX11, both of whom have reported on allegations against him.
Meanwhile, a column posted Wednesday on the medium.com website by reporter Shaun King — who credited Wallace and Ford in a related story Tuesday — called Terrell “one of the most brutal men in the history of the department” and said he belonged in prison.
“I’ve heard him called a ‘monster,’ a ‘terrorist,’ ‘evil,’ and have had multiple families tell me he’s ‘the worst human being’ they’ve encountered in their entire lives,” King wrote.
Terrell’s notice also accuses the law firm of Nwokoro & Scola and a fired NYPD cop-turned-private investigator, Manuel Gomez, of peddling “false or distorted information . . . through news stories and/or legal filings.”
Terrell, 44, has racked up more than 1,000 arrests since joining the NYPD in 2002, and three years ago was named a “field intelligence officer” to target gang members in the crime-ridden 42nd Precinct in the Bronx.