An NYPD detective who was demoted for calling out alleged corruption in the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau has been reinstated, and is now calling on Mayor Adams to probe the bureau.
Scott Munro Jr. claimed in a 2021 lawsuit that IAB head Joseph Reznick protected a crooked detective who drummed up bogus sting operations on colleagues so he could line his pockets with overtime.
Munro blew the whistle on the cop, who he claims went after Munro with false accusations of assault that resulted in Munro’s demotion from detective to police officer.
Munro, who has since gotten his job back, wants Adams to order an investigation of the bureau and the allegedly crooked cop, Lt. John Dandola.
In a letter to the mayor to be delivered on Monday, Munro’s attorney John Scola requested that “the NYPD formally investigate Lt. Dandola, hear the evidence accumulated by Munro and review each case in which Dandola investigated as a member of the Chief of Detective Investigation Unit to ensure there are no other members of the [Detectives’ Endowment Association] who may have had their careers senselessly ruined.”
Munro’s lawsuit in March 2021 against the IAB, focused on Dandola, then part of the IAB’s Integrity Testing Unit, known as Group 52 and tasked with conducting undercover tests on its officers.
Dandola would allegedly “manipulate” sting operations to line his pockets with overtime pay, the lawsuit said — but the ruse was uncovered in 2016 during a test-gone-wrong on a Detectives’ Endowment Association trustee’s officer son.
Dandola and Group 52 Sgt. Jack Wu are accused of ordering their underlings to destroy the audio tapes from the botched operation — prompting Reznick to transfer them to separate precincts, a move he called “punishment enough,” the suit said.
Dandola’s transfer to the 111th precinct slashed his overtime pay — and served as the “catalyst” for his impending “vendetta” against the DEA that also targeted Munro, the suit says.
One year after the transfer, Deputy Inspector Edward Armstrong, Dandola’s former Commanding Officer in Group 52, asked him to head the Investigations Unit in the Chief of Detectives, a move approved by Reznick, the letter to the mayor alleges.
The letter claims that in 2019, Dandola became aware of allegations regarding an altercation made against Munro in Suffolk County and “made it his personal mission to convict Munro.”
Despite being beyond his jurisdiction, Munro claims Dandola coordinated the judgment after he had persuaded a fellow service member to press charges against him.
After Dandola was called to testify on the matter he allegedly “strangled and assaulted a fellow NYPD lieutenant who accepted service of the subpoena,” the letter said. Armstrong allegedly ordered Dandola to work from home and no other disciplinary action was taken.
Munro pleaded guilty without admitting any wrongdoing in order to avoid going to trial, the letter states.
“Dandola would then proceed to fraudulently misrepresent the facts of the Munro matter in multiple internal NYPD memorandums which ultimately resulted in Munro being demoted to police officer on June 29, 2020,” according to the letter.
Munro subsequently filed “complaint after complaint” to IAB about Dandola’s “witch hunt,” the letter said. However, each time a complaint was filed it “would be routed by Joseph Reznick to Edward Armstrong to investigate himself and his hand-picked subordinate, Dandola.”
Munro received his detective badge back on Jan. 18, 18 months after he was demoted, after learning the NYPD would be dropping the matter in December 2021.
“Another skilled detective is back on the street serving all New Yorkers,” said DEA President Paul DiGiacomo about Munro’s reinstatement. Munro is the son of DEA Secretary Scott Munro Sr.
Despite his reinstatement, no action has been taken against Dandola, Reznick or others.
“We believe that a thorough investigation could absolve other members of service [who] have been terminated or demoted as a result of the condoned corruption within the Chief of Detectives Division,” the letter states.
“We hope that with the new administration and refreshing turnover within the NYPD, that this matter will finally be properly investigated and hopefully result in no DEA member or member of service in general being forced to endure the same malicious and unlawful attacks as my client, the letter states.
Reznick and the head of the department’s employee relations Robert Ganley were asked to leave last month as new Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell and her administration slowly began cleaning house, police sources told The Post.
The two NYPD executives were collecting a hefty pension on top of their large salaries as deputy commissioner, despite not actually carrying the title by law.
Reznick, 70, was making a salary of $241,116 and had been collecting a $177,825.72 annual pension since 2016, when he turned 65.