Nassau PBA seeks sanctions over release of report on Officer Anthony DiLeonardo
Nassau PBA president James Carver said Tuesday that the police union's lawyers will seek "the strictest of sanctions" against whoever allowed a confidential Nassau police Internal Affairs report detailing an off-duty cop's shooting of an unarmed cabdriver to remain in a federal court file.
"This is egregious," he said in an interview. "How do you undo something that's already been out there? This is something we take very seriously."
Carver was referring to Newsday's Sunday article on an Internal Affairs report finding that Nassau police Officer Anthony DiLeonardo escalated a roadside verbal dispute on Feb. 27, 2011, when he shot cabdriver Thomas Moroughan five times with a .38 Smith & Wesson, striking him in the chest and arm, as his girlfriend sat beside him.
The report recommended 19 departmental charges for what it found to be 11 unlawful acts and eight departmental rules violations by DiLeonardo. He has not been criminally charged and remains a Nassau police officer.
The report also recommended five departmental charges be brought against DiLeonardo's companion that night, Nassau police Officer Edward Bienz. He also remains on the job.
Nassau Police Commissioner Thomas Dale said in a statement that Moroughan's $30 million federal lawsuit against the department and the fact that an Internal Affairs investigation is still open prevented him from commenting.
Records show that the Internal Affairs report was submitted to Dale on July 31, 2012.
Moroughan's civil attorney, Anthony Grandinette, sent a letter to the court Monday, saying that he had taken pains to comply with the confidentiality order.