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Edward D. Reuss
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TARGET BLUE

That night on the TV news broadcasts I watched Deputy Inspector Jack Haugh resign from the Police Department several times.  "When Patrolman Cardillo was killed, he was doing his job properly," Haugh said.  "That is the only issue here. All we wanted was a clear, unequivocal statement during the week that he lay in the hospital, or when we were waking him, saying that he was in that mosque doing his job, and doing it properly.  I don't like leaving this job and the men.  My father was a cop for 32 years, and my father-in-law was a patrolman for 27 years. The job has always been in my family." Haugh was 43 years old and a lawyer. He had been promoted to Deputy Inspector only 40 days before by Murphy, who at the time considered him one of the brightest young officers in the Department.  What Murphy thought of him now was unknown. Murphy was in England, and presumably had not even heard of Haugh's defection yet.
"The most important thing isn't if we catch Patrolman Cardillo's killer," said Haugh.  "What is important is that his wife and his children firmly believe that he was doing the right thing, and he was.  Somebody had to say it and I did.  That's it."
The TV cameras then closed up on the faces of some of Haugh's cops. All supported him vehemently.  One said, "If the brass won't stand behind you, if you know that you're not going to be supported afterwards by the brass, then you can't take any action in the street whatsoever."
A petition was being drawn up in the 28th Precinct; all the cops were signing it.  It would be sent to Commissioner Murphy. It would ask Murphy to prevail upon Haugh to reconsider is resignation.
Murphy, when he returned, would take no notice of this petition.
A new precinct commander was in the 28th Precinct the next day.
The next morning the halls of headquarters were full of rumors.
That Haugh had retired not on a matter of principle, but so the cops would consider him a stand-up guy and flock to his school. Haugh was not a good commander, never had been.  Now he had polarized the Department.  The Department was lucky to get rid of him.
The second rumor was the Seedman was retiring.
Pretty soon there would be a third: Seedman also had never been any good.

Robert Daley, "Target Blue", an Insider's View of the NYPD, Chapter 5, The Harlem Mosque Murder, page 553-554, Delacorte Press, New York, 1973

 

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