NYPD cop charged after allegedly mocking up gun bust

An NYPD police officer has been charged with evidence tampering for allegedly staging the discovery of a firearm during an arrest because the first time it was not caught with his body-worn camera, Queens prosecutors said Wednesday.

Officer Kevin Martin, a 16-year veteran of the department, is accused of re-creating the gun find to use as evidence in a March 2019 criminal case, the Queen’s Attorney’s Office said.

Martin, then assigned to Precinct 109, and his partner had arrested a man in a 2016 Jeep for traffic violations.

Hours after they brought the suspect back to the county home, Martin found the gun in a shoe box when he searched the Jeep – but he wasn’t wearing his body camera, prosecutors said.

Martin then allegedly grabbed his camera and staged the discovery of the gun as evidence in the case, officials said.

The reenactment was never disclosed to the prosecutor’s office at the time, prosecutors said.

Martin, of Rockland County, was arrested in July 2020 on charges of official misconduct and evidence tampering, but the details of the alleged questionable gun bust were not known.

“Public safety and accountability are not mutually exclusive – they go hand in hand. It’s more important now than ever to build people’s trust in the criminal justice system by holding people accountable for their actions,” said District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz argued NYPD officer Kevin Martin needed to be held accountable.
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Martin, who is currently on a modified assignment with the NYPD, was charged Wednesday and is scheduled to stand trial again on August 18. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

The cop’s attorney, Stacey Richman, told The Post: “Once Mr Martin has his day in court we will see that he is a fine officer and not what the public perceives as a bad officer.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/nypd-cop-indicted-after-allegedly-re-enacting-gun-bust/ NYPD cop charged after allegedly mocking up gun bust

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