NYPD Brass Springs ex-cop after arrest for allegedly chasing Brooklyn kids with gun
A senior NYPD official ordered cops in a Brooklyn neighborhood to release a retired officer they arrested hours earlier for allegedly threatening three children with a gun, law enforcement said and other sources.
The unusual intervention in the ex-cop’s arrest last Wednesday was led by community affairs bureau chief Jeffrey Maddrey, who oversees the NYPD’s youth strategy and who previously served as the 73rd Borough commander. Brownsville, the neighborhood where the incident happened, sources said.
An investigation by the Civilian Complaints Commission is underway and is in its early stages, a CCRB spokesperson confirmed.
The children – aged 12, 13 and 14 – said the spooky incident was triggered after the basketball they were dribbling down on Saratoga Avenue accidentally struck a security camera outside a real estate storefront manned by retired cop Kruythoff Forrester.
Attempts to reach Forrester on Tuesday failed.
The boys said Forrester, who also worked in the 73rd District for part of his career before retiring last year, came out from inside the store and started chasing them, wielding at one point gave a silver and black pistol.
One boy said he believed he heard the shot once, according to his family, while another told THE TOWN he thought he heard three shots – but none of them heard. saw Forrester pulling the trigger.
NYPD officials said Forrester’s arrest was overturned following an investigation and he was found to be a victim of criminal mischief. They say the video along the road where he chased the boys shows he was not carrying a gun in his hand.
They added that none of the boys had reported to police officers who replied that shots had been fired and that a gunshot detection system in the neighborhood had not registered any shots.
“The person who has been detained is a retired police officer and a legally authorized pistol holder,” said the staff sergeant. Edward Riley, an NYPD spokesperson. “He denied having drawn or pointed his gun during the incident.”
According to law enforcement and other sources, Forrester was arrested in possession of a gun and was still being held in the 73rd arrondissement when Maddrey – a three-star chef who is one of the most uniformed members NYPD officers – showed up and ordered his arrest overturned.
Maddrey was accompanied by other members of the NYPD, including Deputy Chief Scott Henderson of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, law enforcement and other sources said.
Forrester, 53, was released shortly after, according to the sources, but news of his release did not reach the families of the children until the next day.
“They are children. Do you know how traumatic it is for you to run away from a grown man in the street because you broke a camera? said two of the boys’ aunt, Lashawn Jordan.
“And then to say that it’s perfectly okay to let the man go because he’s a former officer?” She added. “So what is this saying – the lives of these children do not matter?” “
“Run, he’s got a gun!” “
The day before Thanksgiving, the boys’ families were preparing at home for the feast the next day while they waited for the kids to return home after playing basketball.
According to a child’s account, the trio were returning from the park on their usual path when one of them threw a ball in the air. When he accidentally touched the security camera at the company where Forrester works, the kids got scared and bolted.
Finally, they slowed down to walk. That’s when they heard the Forrester yell “Yo” behind them, one of the boys told THE TOWN.
All three turned around.
“Then I saw the gun,” said the boy – whom THE CITY doesn’t name because he’s a minor.
“Run! Run, he’s got a gun!” A boy shouted, according to video obtained by THE TOWN from a nearby security camera.
Two of the children went into hiding. The third darted further into the street. That’s when all three say they heard a gunshot, according to interviews with the families.
“They were terrified,” Jordan said.
When his 12-year-old nephew reached his front door, he was “bruised”.
“He was sweating, panting and crying,” Jordan told THE TOWN.
“He couldn’t even get the words out of his mouth to say that someone was shooting at them until I kept shaking him, like, ‘Tell me what’s going on. Just say it. Where are all the others? ‘ And he was like ‘A man, a man! They shoot him, they run! ‘ “
A few blocks away, her brother – who had escaped his alleged pursuer – called 911.
Police then found Forrester coming out of a side entrance to the building that houses the management store, the families said, and arrested him after questioning him.
Family members said officers who responded assured them that they would hear from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office soon.
Meanwhile, the mother of the two brothers said the children were “scared to death”.
“Mom, why would someone shoot us?” We’re not bad, ”the 12-year-old asked his mother, she said.
Promoted by the Commissioner
Maddrey was promoted to his three-star position in June 2020 by NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.
His promotion came despite a high-profile incident in 2017 where the NYPD discovered that Maddrey had “wrongly obstructed an official departmental investigation,” among other accusations.
His punishment was the loss of 45 vacation days in April.
The relatively harsh punishment was prompted by Maddrey failing to report that an NYPD subordinate who claimed to be his mistress pointed a gun at him in a Queens park.
At the time, Maddrey denied an affair and told the New York Daily News that he wanted to avoid the woman’s arrest for the sake of her children.
As head of the Office of Community Affairs, Maddrey is responsible not only for building a better relationship between police and communities, but also for emphasizing strategies to engage youth in order to keep them away from crime.
The Youth Strategies Division, according to a description posted online, “focuses on the well-being of the city’s youth.”
“No justice here”
The alleged Thanksgiving threat and the retired cop’s early release have left the two Brownsville families wondering about justice.
“I guess he’s a cop. So I guess they’re taking his side or trying to cover him up. I don’t know, but it’s not fair, ”said Crystal M., the mother of the 13-year-old. “It is as if there is no justice here.”
She said her son has been reluctant to walk the neighborhood since last week.
“My son doesn’t feel safe, he doesn’t want to go out,” she said. “I tell him to go to the store to buy something. He doesn’t want to do this. Like, I’d be scared too.
Jordan said she didn’t know what to do with her standing instructions to the boys that they should go to the police whenever they are in danger.
“How are my kids supposed to believe what I say if I tell them the police are going to protect them when the police are shooting at them?” ” she said.
Jordan said his family tried their best to have a normal Thanksgiving the next day, but it was a challenge to pretend everything was okay.
“Basically we were just thankful that all the boys missed the balls,” she said, “and we were still able to come together and be thankful for life itself, at least. “