A ‘Period Dignity Officer’ Seemed Like a Good Idea. Until a Man Was Named.
A former New York City police officer who lost his job for allegedly leaking sensitive police intelligence data to his girlfriend says the scandal has ruined his life and made him vulnerable to blackmail.
“I have been trying very hard to make up for four years that I have lost. I would like to start a new life like what I had before the last four years,” said Detective Daniel Williams, who worked the last 13 years for the NYPD.
Williams, who retired in April, began working for the force as a patrol officer in 1994. He became a detective three years later.
The officer, who is the subject of an NYPD internal affairs investigation, was arrested in February for allegedly leaking a trove of NYPD intelligence data to his girlfriend, a police officer.
The intelligence included details on crimes committed in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.
The data included the race, sex, ethnicity, ethnicity, and race of suspects in a wide variety of crimes, as well as a detailed description of suspects’ clothing and the location of any evidence that may have been found, according to a grand jury indictment against Williams.
Williams was charged with a single count of abuse of an authority by a public employee, a misdemeanor.
He has been suspended without pay since he was arrested.
In addition to the criminal conviction, the NYPD is investigating to see if the leaked information constituted a crime.
“I don’t believe that it was a crime to disclose it. But it could have ended up that way,” said Williams.
His girlfriend, Sgt. Danielle D. Jones, told Williams’ attorney, who asked for her name not to be used, that they kept information from each other.
Williams is an African American man.
He said during the arrest the police showed photos of the suspects to his girlfriend, as well as to police officers Williams had requested for a background check on her.
“They showed me one guy in a uniform, looked like a cop, black,�