NYPD Sergeant Retaliated Against, Transferred For Calling His Boss 'A Bully'

An NYPD sergeant was sent for a psych eval, lost his gun and badge, and was transferred for calling his boss "a bully."

Brooklyn, NY – A New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant and union representative was disarmed and transferred after he called his commanding officer “a bully.”

The incident occurred when NYPD Sergeant Harold Gates got into a disagreement with Deputy Inspector Tania Kinsella on Aug. 16 at the housing precinct where they worked in Coney Island, the New York Daily News reported.

Records showed that Sgt. Gates approached Insp. Kinsella to appeal the lower-than-usual ratings he had received on his interim evaluation.

During the course of the argument, Sgt. Gates called his supervisor “a bully,” the New York Daily News reported.

“You’re the reason cops shoot themselves. You’re the lowest of the low,” he told Insp. Kinsella, according to police department records.

Afterwards, Insp. Kinsella ordered Sgt. Gates to see a department psychiatrist and complained in an official department memo about his work performance and “suicidal ideation,” the New York Daily News reported.

Records showed that Insp. Kinsella ordered officials to take Sgt. Gates’ gun, badge, and credentials the same day as their disagreement and then transferred the sergeant to Queens VIPER.

Insp. Kinsella’s boss, NYPD Chief of Housing James Secreto, approved her decisions, according to the New York Daily News.

Sgt. Gates passed the mandatory psychiatric evaluation the same day he was flagged for potential “self-harm” by Insp. Kinsella.

On Aug. 21, the NYPD’s supervising psychologist wrote a memo that said “there are no psychological restrictions prohibiting [him] from carrying firearms,” the New York Daily News reported.

Sgt. Gates got his gun, badge, and credentials back, but then records showed he was transferred yet again and assigned to the midnight shift in a housing precinct in lower Manhattan.

Records showed that Sgt. Gates is a 13-veteran of NYPD who made 120 arrests on patrol as an officer before he became a sergeant, the New York Daily News reported.

He has supervised thousands of arrests as a sergeant.

Sgt. Gates is also an attorney who used to work for the city council, according to the New York Daily News.

But Insp. Kinsella’s supervisor has stood by her methods of discipline.

“This is not the Daily News,” Chief Secreto said. “A sergeant cannot go off on the deputy inspector without repercussions. I don’t consider it a workplace dispute. We are a paramilitary organization.”

NYPD said in an emailed statement that said Insp. Kinsella had done the right thing.

“When considering the fact patterns, in their entirety, the actions of Kinsella were well within the purview of her duties as a commanding officer and were appropriate," an NYPD spokesman told the New York Daily News.

But former NYPD Chief of Patrol Wilbur Chapman said that Insp. Kinsella’s actions didn’t look good and appeared to be an abuse of her authority.

“The idea of being a commander is to motivate in a positive manner production out of your subordinates,” Chapman told the New York Daily News.

Comments (15)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Police department payback, happens all too often and no department big or small is inmune from it.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Have seen it happen before.

T00R
T00R

If that's their idea of a supervisor, then it's time to go. Never happy unless they're crawling up someone's ass.

Blueloveoffthecuffs
Blueloveoffthecuffs

Having family and friends in various PD’s this stuff happens all the time and there’s no need for it. This job is stressful enough without all these ego maniac higher ups calling the shots. It needs to end.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Maybe it wasn't the Accusation, Maybe it was her "Gender Preference" that got her panties if a Bunch. Instead of Bully, he Should have called her a "COWY"

bronx163
bronx163

Chief Secreto is a punk. As is the Deputy insp who transferred the Sgt. First this bs NYPD is a paramilitary organization. Its not. You take a civil service exam. It's regulated by the state.
You are A member of civilian police department.

Second this dept ever went to war it would lose because chiefs lead from the rear in this job. 9/11 showed it. On 9/11 FDNY lost 60 percent of its Chiefs. Because they were in the shit with their guys. NYPD LOST ZERO Chiefs on 9/11 Because they were in the rear hiding telling cops to sacrifice while they were safe.

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NomonK
NomonK

NYPD is a HUGE Department, it's like so many OVERSIZED GOVERNMENT DEPT'S. To many promotions for the wrong reasons. Politics, Family Connections, Brown Nosers or any reason other than the QUALITY of the COP are the wrong reasons. I have been a SUPERVISOR in several Professions and have allowed those that were angry with me RANT their hearts out. I have walked away in several situations when it was in the presents of others and instruct them to meet me in the office. I also encouraged them to be a witness to the discussion. I'm 74 held supervisory positions from 20 years of age. I never had to demote or write any reprimands from those discussions. 99% of the time th disagreement was settled and the employee felt he had gotten his/her gripe off their chest and had told the old man off and felt better about themselves. Yes the 1% would eventually ask for a transfer, quit or retire. I would suggest this Supervisor and problemably other need training in conflict handling.

Stanracer
Stanracer

She should be demoted for not handling this situation properly.

Vicaurelio 4559
Vicaurelio 4559

Chief Chapman was a good and fair boss his reply to this situation was something from the old Police Department, this police department is in shambles. As for Chiefs hiding in the back Joe Esposito always lead from the front one of the best Cops I know

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

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colonelorville
colonelorville

I retired earlier than intended because of such a supervisor. Still having problems because of his retirement position that still causes problems for me and others.

tfort
tfort

It’s a good thing the supervisor stepped in considering the amount of suicides going on in the NYPD. Better safe than sorry.

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

"I'm surprised" said no one that has ever worn a police uniform.