Inspector Michael Ameri, 44, was found dead in his car with a gun shot wound to the head at the Bergen Point Golf Course in West Babylon this friday
Ameri joined the NYPD in 1993 and was the commanding officer of the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, Brooklyn, before being named the head of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol.
His name surfaced in the ongoing federal police corruption probe and was questioned, but he was never disciplined.
His name surfaced in the ongoing federal police corruption probe and was questioned, but he was never disciplined, police sources said.
Nine police officers have been either stripped of their badges and guns or transferred since late March as federal investigators probe two Orthodox businessmen suspected of plying cops with lavish trips and jewels in return for favors like more police protection.
“The US Attorney’s Office should expedite this case so no more police lives are lost and cops know what’s going to happen to them,” law enforcement sources said.
The two businessmen, Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, are suspected of offering cash and gifts to police brass in exchange for favors, such as free NYPD security at special events and rides to and from the airport.
The feds and the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau are looking at the allegations among several other cases of alleged corruption, including cops taking cash for gun permits and getting luxe perks such as flights to Las Vegas from the pair
NYPD statment -“Earlier this afternoon the Suffolk County Police Department informed the New York City Police Department that Inspector Michael Ameri, Commanding Officer of the Highway Patrol Unit, was found deceased in his vehicle of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Babylon, New York. The Suffolk County Police Department will be conducting an investigation and we refer you to them for any further details about this incident.”