Re-instate NYPD Whistle Blower Joe Sanchez, The Hispanic Serpico, from 30 Years Ago, Set-Up, Right this Wrong Please!

    1. Suzannah B. Troy
    2. Petition by

      Suzannah B. Troy

      NYC, NY

PETITION FOR REINSTATEMENT OF WHISTLEBLOWER  NYPD  HERO OFFICER JOE SANCHEZ who was set-up thirty years ago -- this was after Serpico and way before Adrian Schoolcraft -- and proof that the NYPD and Internal Affairs have a history of betraying good cops who blow the whistle. 


Please google NYPD Joe Sanchez and read Joe's Wiki page.  Thank you.

YouTube of Joe re-visiting the drug bust where he was set-up 30 years ago.

Charles Hynes letter to a juror who wrote him agreeing Joe Hynes should be re-instated from 30 years ago. 

  1. This is a petition for reinstatement of Officer Joe Sanchez, who was wrongfully terminated from the NYPD and thereby deprived of his lifetime pension, after his rights of immunity, competent representation by counsel, and rights of due process were denied, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.   2. Joe was born on January 16, 1947, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and lived in New York City from the age of five. He was wounded in combat in Vietnam on his twentieth birthday, and received the Purple Heart.    3. Subsequently, while serving in the New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police, Joe received high ratings from superiors.   4. In 1973, Joe joined the New York City Police Department. He continued to receive high ratings from superiors, as well as ten excellent police duty awards, ten meritorious police duty awards, ten police duty commendations, one exceptional  police duty award, and other letters of commendation, and according to the New York Daily News, became noted in the 30th Precinct as an “arrest machine” in the 30th Precinct (11/16/08).   5. On April 13, 1982, after nine years of service, Joe and his partner made a drug bust in an apartment in the 30th Precinct, to which two sergeants also responded.   6. One of the men arrested on that date alleged that Joe had taken money from him, an allegation the other arrestees denied at the time. A Field Internal Affairs Investigation Unit unfounded the allegation and no departmental hearing was ever held.   7. Not long after, Joe received incontrovertible evidence that two of his commanding officers were involved in the protection of drug trafficking and prostitution, and were being paid off with trips to the Dominican Republic to cavort with underage girls. He reported this to the Internal Affairs Division on Poplar Street and was told to wear a wire, which he did. Nothing happened to his commanding officers, but Joe was secretly indicted for the very charges that the previous investigation had unfounded. The dealers had indictments dismissed against them in return for testifying against Joe. Several then skipped the country, but Joe was arrested and tried anyway.   8. Joe had transactional immunity for his grand jury testimony, grounds for pretrial dismissal. His PBA-appointed attorney knew this, but failed to move for dismissal and failed to inform Joe.   9. Joe was immediately fired from his job. At trial, he was acquitted of all but a misdemeanor assault charge, brought by a mistake of law about what constituted “assault”.   10. Then Charlie Joe Hynes, who took over from the previous Special Prosecutor Thomas Duffy, himself moved the court for dismissal because of the transactional immunity. The motion was granted and the conviction set aside, but Joe was not reinstated, even though several jurors had written letters on Joe’s behalf.   11. Joe tried for years to get a departmental hearing for reinstatement. Mr. Hynes even offered to testify for him, but the Police Commissioner, Benjamin Ward, who had sole discretion to grant him a hearing, refused. Even the Appellate Court, which found the facts in Joe’s favor, could not overturn the law.   12. On March 3, 1987, the law was amended, allowing appellate review. Many officers have benefited from it, but the law was not retroactive, and didn’t help Joe.   13. Since that time, Joe served honorably with both the United States Post Office and the New York Department of corrections, both of which required a clean record to hire. As a Corrections Officer, he was injured while saving one prisoner from being murdered by another, and had to retire.    

14. Joe is not asking for retroactive pension. All he wants is to be given an honorable retirement from the NYPD. It’s important to him for the sake of his children and grandchildren. Please help us restore his good name!t



Please note Suzannah B. Troy is making a year long documenatry on Joe Sanchez who she dubbed the Hispanic Serpico.  Although he did not get shot in the face and Serpico's testimony was equally heroic Joe had 4 small sons and a wife to support and he denied a dept trial and after the NYPD did change that corrupt way of operating -- another Joe Sanchez was a victim as he calls it of the "Injustie System" every step of the way.... the NYPD top brass wanted him out just like they want  Schoolcraft.



Honorary re-instatement for NYPD Whistle Blower Joe Sanchez, The Hispanic Serpico, from 30 Years Ago, Set-Up, Right this Wrong Please!

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    1. NYPD Ret. IAB Lt. Who Investigated Joe Sanchez Speaks for him!

      Suzannah B. Troy
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      NYPD Internal Affairs Ret. Lt Speaks Up For Joe Sanchez Hispanic Serpico

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      • 12 days ago

      Drafted in 1965, the outspoken Joe Sanchez, did not only patriotically serve his country, like many others in our military, he fought in Vietnam, lost many close friends in the process and was wounded in battle, receiving a purple heart from the United States Army. After returning home from war, Joe later applied for and became a New York City ambulance driver, dedicating himself in the efforts of helping others, while always remembering the travesty and friends he left behind in Vietnam.

      However, his story doesn't end there, it's just the tip of the iceberg . In 1971, Joe Sanchez successfully applied for and became a New York Port Authority police officer and although his career went far beyond his expectations, his heart was set in becoming a New York City police officer. Joe Sanchez was a man of action and New York City, (NYC) streets never lacked the abundance of what Joe was interested in, ‘extinguishing criminality.’ Unfortunately for Joe, he had a couple of strikes going against him; he was Latino and one quarter inch under the height requirement of five feet seven inches. But Joe was far from being discouraged. He continued his efforts in trying to enter the NYC police department and after several years of constant battling, Joe won the war, becoming a NYC police officer in 1973.

      Joe’s career included countless of arrest with successful indictments and convictions. In one of seven documented gun battles on the streets during the 1970s and 80s, Joe’s then partner Susanne Medici's, was the first NYC policewoman ever to receive the Combat Cross and later inducted into the New York City Police Museum. Joe was relentless in his dedication, serving and protecting the citizens of New York State was his passion. Regardless of whether he was wearing a uniform on duty or wearing civilian clothing off-duty, if Joe witnessed a violation of law, he would make the collar, (arrest). However, this dedication came with a price and many enemies were made, not only between criminals, but within the department as well.

      Joe was an extremely outspoken person and a cop, who with countless of arrest, was racking up hours of overtime. Not an advisable thing to do during the 1970s and early 1980s. This was catching the attention of the brass, (supervisors) enemies within the department—and the stage was set to take down a good cop; a cop labeled as, “A Super Cop in 1987, by New York Daily News staff writer, John Marzulli.”

      While on his official capacity inside a patrol car, Joe and his partner Herman Velez, observed a suspicious individual sporting a white cowboy hat enter a building complex known for drug activity. In hot pursuit, both officers followed the male up to a set of stairs to an apartment where the suspect knocked on the door requesting drugs. They then observed a male tenant open the door while brandishing a firearm. Both officers gave the order to drop the gun and immediately rushed the door in an attempt to subdue the suspect with the gun and the drug buyer.

      The suspect with the gun resisted while trying to shut the door and screaming to others inside, “La policia, la policia” (The police, the police)! Officers Joe and Herman again gave the command to drop the gun and the suspect finally complied dropping the weapon on the floor. The suspect was then immediately subdued by Herman, who also retrieved the weapon while Joe Sanchez held the suspect at gunpoint and transmitted a 10-13, (Code to assist) via radio to central command. All procedures were followed in accordance with departmental rules, and the arrest of all involved was made. Confiscation and preservation of all evidence in relations to the incident were also followed, and no lives were lost or injured. Without a doubt, a successful and courageous arrest, or was it? What should have resulted in the commendations of both arresting officers, instead turned into an indictment and miscarriage of justice for one decorated cop. All the criminals involved somehow got together with the powers that be, in this case the departmental brass, and formulated an erroneous scheme to take down officer, Joe Sanchez.

      Like in the movie Serpico, played by actor Al Pacino, the story of an honest cop Frank Serpico, who was faced with the dilemma of working within a corrupted police department, Joe was also an honest cop, who despised criminality, but foremost despised corruption. Before his indictment, Joe was introduced to a lieutenant during a coworker’s softball game. Fully aware of the lieutenant’s corrupted reputation, Joe wanted nothing to do with his companionship and strictly kept his distance and conversation to a minimal. The lieutenant knew this—he had a reputation for bagging money from local businesses, drug dealers and taking nude photos of underage children from the Dominican Republic while on his vacation getaways. His next encounter with this Lieutenant took place at a police stationhouse. Although Joe walked into the station on time, he was distracted by a fellow officer who required his presences on an official capacity, thus causing Joe to miss the roll call. Joe was later confronted by the lieutenant and was verbally threatened with a write up, (Disciplinary action). Being the outspoken person he was, Joe didn’t take to the threat lightly. He informed the lieutenant he would not only expose his corrupted activities, but would expose his possession of child pornography. The lieutenant now concerned with Joe’s statement, approached his superior, a captain who was also a corrupt bagman.

      The captain then approached Joe and threatened him with insubordination and disciplinary action. Joe knew the stage was set and followed through with exposing the lieutenant’s corrupted activities and child pornography. But just as the house of cards was about to collapse for the lieutenant, Joe was informed that his previous arrest at the building complex concerning the drug dealers was unjustifiable. He was then indicted, arrested and charged with numerous counts of grand larceny, burglary and assault. His partner Herman Velez was not mentioned in any indictment. Thomas Duffy, the then appointed Special State prosecutor and his assistant ADA Joe Hester, offered and insisted that Joe cop a plea. Joe wasn’t having it. A new special state Prosecutor, Charlie Joe Hynes, would later exonerate Joe of all charges. While criminals are given the right through the United States Constitution, Amendment VI, to be confronted with witnesses against them and a trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime has been committed; Joe was not allowed that rightful opportunity. Nor was he allowed in submitting his testimony to any grand jury, simply because it was a sealed secret indictment. Tooth and nail, Joe who was no stranger to battle. He fought and successfully had all of his charges eventually dropped. It was quite obvious to the Appellate Court there was more to this injustice the NYC police department and the special prosecutor’s office was willing to admit.

      An official document handed down by the Appellate Court, clearly said it best.

      “The actions of then special state prosecutor, (Thomas Duffy) in prosecuting a jurisdictionally defective criminal proceeding, especially where that special prosecutor had full knowledge that petitioner had transactional immunity, can only be described as ‘outrageous’ and the petitioner, especially given his past exemplarity service with the NYC police department, should not have been made to suffer any prejudice in connection with his improper prosecutorial conduct and certainly not automatic termination from civil-service without a hearing,” (Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Court Division 2nd Judicial District).

      In a NY Daily News article, dated July 16, 2008, written by John Marzulli and titled, “Fired NYPD cop writes gritty book to set record straight.” Joe Sanchez story was told. More than two decades after he was terminated from the police department, the highly-decorated supercop that terrorized bad guys in Washington Heights still loves the job despite everything. Everything includes getting double-crossed by the Internal Affairs Division, which wired him up to catch a crooked lieutenant and captain; then his arrest on the allegations of a drug dealer; a conviction for assault that was overturned and an unsuccessful bid for reinstatement. Joe eventually went as far as to NYC police commissioner, Benjamin Ward, in an attempt to regain his livelihood, (his job). However, the damage was done and the bridge was burned. Joe violated the most sacred trust of the NYC police department; he broke the ‘Blue Wall Code of Silence.’

      He did not only turn over another cop, he turned over a police lieutenant and Benjamin Ward wasn’t having it. Reinstatement was denied. Joe was not deterred; he later applied for and became a United States Postal worker, where he worked for several years before applying for and becoming a New York State correction officer, where we met. During his career as a correction officer, Joe was assaulted on several occasions by convicts he arrested in NYC, and in one incident, an attempt was made on his life. He sustained numerous injuries during the course of his career as rookie correction officer. Joe later retired from New York state corrections and recently became a published author of, “True Blue, A Tale of the Enemy Within.”

      The book is a made for movie tale that specifically and in graphic detail describes all he endured throughout his lifetime as a NYC police officer and as a human being. Persistence and determination are an understatement in describing Mr. Joe Manuel Sanchez Picon. I’m not only proud to have met this gentleman during my lifetime, but proud to know that he is a, “Positive and unique representation to all honest law enforcement officers around the globe..”

      After all these years, Joe Sanchez, should not only be reinstated as an honorary NYC police officer retiree, but should be honored by all law enforcements, benevolent associations and police fraternal's organizations throughout this great nation for his extraordinary example of what a true and honest police officer should be. Lets come together my brothers and sisters, and show the upmost respect and support for Mr. Joe Sanchez. Please write to the New York City Mayor, Police Commissioner, Congressman, State Senator and US Attorney General in your support, thank you...

    • tenzin ngodup BROOKLYN, NY
      • 6 months ago

      absolutely shameful. the nypd is the biggest gang in america. shame on you if you dont support this.

    • benjamin beiro WESLEY CHAPEL, FL
      • 9 months ago

      I believe the man was unjustly accused and should have been re-instated to his job on NY


      • 9 months ago

      I have followed Joes writings for years. I recognised the tyranny and treachery he suffered away the hands of the "suits" who never risked their lives on mean streets. Men who delight in tarnishing a good cops "shiny badge" I suffered exactly the same treatment in the Royal Ulster Constabulary here in Northern Ireland. I was lucky. I was able to innocently answer any allegations levelled at me and back it up with documentation. Joe never saw it coming. He spoke his mind and paid the price. It is the same the world over. Cops hate real true blue cops. Cops who won't bend or go on the take. They see them as dangerous. We are. Just like Joe I blew the whistle on Police malpractice. I have been relentlessly pursued by suits keen to discredit me. I salute Joe Sanchez.

    • Alfonso j Lambiase LANEXA, VA
      • 9 months ago

      i believe in joe sanchez

      a true American hero

      my son and other family nypd


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