A post on Instagram helped get a former NYPD cop fired from the department, she claims in a new $5 million lawsuit.
Erica Rivera, was fired from the force last August for dating a man with a criminal record after a two-year investigation by the Internal Affairs Bureau that included questioning her about sex partners and secretly trailing her while off-duty.
“They treated me like a perp and took the job I loved away from me,” said Rivera. She has filed a notice with the city controller to sue the city for wrongful termination.
They also used evidence of her taking her cousin, a convicted felon, to a train station as well as parking too close to a fire hydrant near her grandmother’s building as part of their case to fire her.
She got terminated on Aug. 17, 2012, and a woman walked into the 52nd Precinct station house in the Bronx and complained about a photo of her boyfriend, Danny Perez, and Rivera being posted on the cop’s Instagram account, according to legal papers.
Rivera was called by her commanding officer and explained that the photo, taken in 2007, was to celebrate “Throwback Thursday”. She added that she hadn’t had any contact with Perez in three years.
After the photo was taken, Perez went to prison for a nonfatal stabbing, Rivera told the Daily News.
Her commander asked her if she was “having sex” with Perez. A month later, under questioning by IAB, she denied any intimate relationship with him. In spring of 2013, when a new allegation reached IAB about her current boyfriend having a sketchy background.
The NYPD prohibits cops from associating with people involved in criminal activity. An NYPD spokeswoman said cops are subject to termination if they are found to violate department policies while in their probationary period.
Rivera was stripped of her guns and shield on Aug. 10 and fired three days later.
When she filed for unemployment payments, the NYPD objected and wrote a letter to the Labor Department stating that she was fired for associating with criminals, which increased the likelihood she would engage in criminal conduct, Rivera said.
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