When then-NYPD Capt. Michael Marino arrived as a commander in the tough section of Brooklyn known as East New York, he was appalled at what the 400 officers in the command considered to be work.
"They were doing five [summonses] a month, which was just not enough to address the problem," he testified, about the onset of his tenure in the 75th Precinct back in 2002. "It was almost malfeasance. ... The level of activity they were performing was so low that it was a detriment to the community, in one of the most crime-ridden precincts in the city."
Now a deputy chief, one of the top-ranking commanders in the department, Marino testified Friday in the landmark legal challenge to the city's stop-and-frisk campaign. An interesting character in the NYPD landscape, the Flatbush native rose from street cop to the second-in-command in Brooklyn North via a bullish persona, a matching physique, and a devotion to the tenets of the NYPD's numbers-driven CompStat strategy.
He is also the man who ordered police to forcibly commit Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft to a psych ward back in October 2009, three weeks after Schoolcraft reported misconduct in Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct to police investigators.More »