NYC: High-ranking NYPD cop accused of online harassment buried complaints: suit

The high-ranking NYPD cop who retired in disgrace after being accused as a bigoted commenter on an infamous police forum allegedly slow-walked the harassment complaints from a narcotics captain, a new lawsuit claims.

Former Deputy Inspector James Kobel, personally reached out to Sharon Carolyn Balli and promised to handle her harassment complaint, the lawsuit filed Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court says.

But Balli claims Kobel — the department’s commanding officer of the NYPD’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity — was “acting as a wolf in sheep’s clothing” and allowed for months of retaliation as he buried her complaints.

Balli, the first female Indian-Guyanese ever made captain and a retired Army major, says she was repeatedly asked about her sex life by Capt. Hariton Marachilian.


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