An NYPD sergeant — who was cleared of criminal charges in the shooting of a Bronx woman — is up for promotion and his union head said Friday that the embattled cop better get the career boost.
Sgt. Hugh Barry, who fatally shot Deborah Danner in 2016, is on a list of sergeants who have taken a promotion test and are eligible to become lieutenants, sources said Friday.
Barry remains on modified duty, however, and faces departmental charges for allegedly failing to follow NYPD protocols in the encounter with Danner.
The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, Ed Mullins, said that NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill should accept the court’s decision and take Barry off desk duty.
“O’Neill needs to face the facts and promote him,” Mullins said. “He was acquitted in Criminal Court of all charges and he should have never received departmental charges.”
After he was acquitted of murder charges, Barry was hit with fresh department charges relating to the death of Danner, 66. The NYPD claims he “exercised poor tactical judgment” and “failed to supervise” subordinate members of the department.
O’Neill publicly condemned the shooting a day after Barry shot Banner dead in her bedroom.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore
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