Two NYPD officers who have been accused of taking turns raping a handcuffed 18-year-old woman in the back seat of their police van in Coney Island in September have voluntarily resigned.
Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 33, appeared on their own at New York Police Department headquarters on Monday “and quit their employment with the NYPD,” according to a statement from the NYPD.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said the charges “tarnishe[d] all of the admirable things accomplished by other, good officers every day in neighborhoods across New York City.”
“It’s true that [Martins] resigned today, but we’re going to be focusing all of our efforts on confronting the indictment in Brooklyn and spending all of our time demonstrating that the charges against him are absolutely false,” Bederow said.
The rape allegedly occurred on the evening of September 15 when Martins and Hall, plainclothes detectives, left their post without authorization and drove to Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn, the district attorney’s office said.