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Lawyer: Nassau cops who arrested off-duty officer should be disciplined

Nassau Police Officer Dolores Sharpe, at First District

Nassau Police Officer Dolores Sharpe, at First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, after Sharpe was found not guilty on charges that she harassed a fellow officer and resisted arrest. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Departmental charges should be brought against two Nassau County police officers who arrested a fellow officer who was off-duty in 2013 when she became involved in a dispute with them in West Hempstead, the off-duty officer's attorney said Friday.

Officer Dolores Sharpe, 53, was found not guilty by a jury earlier this week in First District Court in Hempstead on harassment and resisting arrest charges.

Her attorney, Frederick Brewington, said charges should be brought against the arresting officers, Charles Volpe and Victor Gladitz, for their conduct during the encounter with Sharpe on Nov. 29, 2013.

Sharpe had been suspended without pay for 30 days after her arrest, and Brewington Friday said she should be given her salary for that period. He outlined his requests in a letter to acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter.

Krumpter said in a written reply that he lifted departmental restrictions on Sharpe immediately after her acquittal and ordered that her service weapon be returned to her.

Krumpter said any other action he takes, such as restitution of Sharpe's pay, would be decided after the Internal Affairs Unit finishes its investigation.

The Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, which represents all three officers, declined to comment.

Brewington has said that Sharpe, who is African-American, was treated differently than a white, male off-duty officer. Gladitz and Volpe are white.

The "treatment that Officer Sharpe received is not unlike what African-American women oftentimes receive by people in authority who think they can get away with it," Brewington said.

Sharpe is a 20-year veteran who works in the Applicant Investigation Unit.

Volpe testified during the trial that he first saw Sharpe while investigating a traffic accident in the parking lot of a discount store in West Hempstead.

They exchanged words after Sharpe accused Volpe of blocking her from parking with his police car. Sharpe said she was a police officer but at first refused to give him her ID, he said, prompting him to believe she was impersonating a cop.

Sharpe testified that during the encounter and her subsequent arrest on the street outside the parking lot she felt "very disrespected. . . . I felt that I was being belittled."

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