Police Union Pres says NY Trooper Lied after Hijacking Police Radio
An New York state trooper played rap song “Put It In Your Mouth” over the police radio system–a song about oral sex with degrading lyrics about women, tying up everyone’s radio system and blocking incoming emergency calls around LaGuardia Airport, an area covered by more than cops and state troopers.
Now the trooper is claiming it was an accident.
But even the police union president isn’t buying that.
“Whoever did it, they must have held the walkie talkie right up to the speaker,” a source told the New York Daily News about the September 8 incident.
“It sounded intentional.”
President of the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association Paul Nunziato said the broadcast not only transmitted vulgar lyrics, it tied up radio transmission for on-duty officers, causing a safety issue.
“A trooper jeopardizing trooper safety on their frequency would be a serious problem,” Nunziato said.
“But, for Gov. Cuomo to deploy troopers at Port Authority facilities and force the Port Authority to grant them access to PAPD radio frequencies while they disregard basic radio discipline, jeopardizing the lives of the public and my members, is inexcusable.” he argued.
After five people were killed in a January 6 shooting at the Fort Lauderdale –Hollywood International Airport in Florida, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo deployed roughly 100 state troopers nicknamed “the purple army” to the JFK and LaGuardia airports.
New York state troopers and Port Authority cops have butted heads since Cuomo gave the orders.
Nunziato said female Port Authority cops had no choice but to listen to the denigrating song lyrics.
The department has yet to identify the officer who played the song for roughly a minute, but his inexplicable action has sparked two investigations.
After investigating the broadcast, the Port Authority police traced the transmission back to a PAPD radio that was signed out to a specific state trooper for the same day as the broadcast.
After tracing the transmission, the findings were handed over to the New York State Police, although they would not confirm if the trooper was disciplined.