An NYPD cop responding to a drunken dispute between neighbors ended up exposed as being drunk on duty.
New York City police officer Richard Evans was stripped of his badge and gun, and suspended without pay.
According to the New York Post:
“He was clearly inebriated. He was slurring his words,” a police official said.
Ironically, the first whiff of trouble came as Evans, 44, and his rookie partner checked out a report of a drunken dispute between neighbors, law enforcement sources said.
One of the people there accused Evans of being drunk, which he denied, and the officer summoned a supervisor, sources said.
Someone at the scene also shot video of the allegedly drunken cop and made a complaint to 311, a source said.
A sergeant responded, declared Evans fit for duty, and the cops all left without making any arrests, sources said.
Evans stayed in the field until a short time later, when a duty captain summoned him back to the precinct stationhouse near the New York Botanical Garden.
The captain interviewed Evans, declared him unfit for duty.
The Post also reports that Evans has a reputation of a “problem drinker” and was probably drunk when the above photo was taken of him sleeping in the station’s locker room.
The 44-year-old cop made $126,800 last year, including $50,000 in overtime.
But he still griped about living “paycheck to paycheck” when he criticized NYPD police union president Pat Lynch for spending $13,000 in union funds on pricey steak dinners, the Post reports.
So he’s unlikely to get union support in fighting for his job.