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Bratton: Fate of NYPD cop in probe could come Wednesday

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the

NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the fate of a detective being investigated as part of an ongoing probe of corruption in the police department could be known Wednesday. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

An NYPD detective who officials said has not cooperated in an ongoing corruption probe is expected to learn his fate as early as Wednesday and it could include his termination, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday.

Michael Milici was suspended last month after he put in his retirement papers and declined requests for an interview by internal affairs investigators, officials said.

Milici had been on modified duty status before his suspension.

The detective was tried in absentia last week on charges he failed to cooperate in the joint FBI-NYPD corruption probe and with failing to obey a direct order, said a law enforcement official. Attorney Patrick Parrotta, who is representing Milici, couldn’t be reached for comment.

Milici is one of nine cops, including several high-ranking members of the NYPD disciplined by the department as part of the ongoing investigation. In early April, the FBI and the NYPD began looking into allegations some of the suspected officers took payments in exchange for favors from two prominent Brooklyn businessmen.

None of the officers have been charged with any crimes.

Bratton said Tuesday he expected to have on his desk either late Tuesday or Wednesday morning a recommendation from his trial commissioner about what discipline Milici should face. Bratton could fire Milici or give him lesser discipline.

A high-ranking NYPD inspector who cooperated in the investigation but was not under suspicion shot himself to death in West Babylon Friday, Suffolk police said last week. Bratton said he planned to visit the wake Wednesday for Insp. Michael Ameri, 44, of West Babylon

“We do not know what compelled him to take his own life,” Bratton of Ameri. “ I think I have made it clear that he was not the target, at this time based on the investigation to date, of that investigation. He had been interviewed twice, once with his attorney and that attorney interview with FBI — I understand he was forthcoming with answers.”

Bratton said one of the FBI interviews with Ameri took place March 18.

In terms of the overall investigation, Bratton said he was “deferring as much as I can” but hoped it moved forward quickly so he can deal with any possible discipline of officers and allow others absolved to “get on with their lives.”

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