A veteran police officer fired this week by Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell over his close ties to Trump adviser Roger Stone has vowed to sue the city for $25 million.
Officer Sal Greco was fired Monday after the NYPD brought internal charges in February accusing him of associating with Stone, who had been convicted of lying to Congress in 2019 and sentenced to 40 months in prison before he was pardoned by Trump.
Longstanding NYPD rules bar officers from associating with known felons.
Greco was with Stone at his sentencing hearing in Washington in 2020, and again at a Washington hotel on the weekend of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. There was no indication he participated in the storming of the Capitol.
During the departmental trial, which took place in March and April, the NYPD alleged that Greco was armed and acting as Stone’s paid bodyguard. The department also alleged Greco had ties to the far-right Oathkeepers group, which provided security to Stone and were key in the attempted insurrection.
Greco, who joined the NYPD in 2008 and was assigned to the Citywide Traffic Task Force, confirmed the firing via text message and provided a statement touting his “14-year unblemished career serving the people of New York.”
“The reason that the NYPD is treating me differently in this case is simply because of my support for President Donald Trump and my friendship with Roger Stone,” Greco wrote. “This action against me is politically motivated and illegal. This unequal treatment will be addressed in the courts.”
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Greco’s lawyer Stu London could not be reached for comment.
In the statement, Greco noted that his friendship with Stone was not that much different from Mayor Eric Adams’ own associations when he was a cop with boxer Mike Tyson, who served time in prison for rape, and the controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan
“Although there was an investigation, (Adams) was not terminated or punished in any way,” Greco wrote.
“Under the law Eric Adams and I must be treated equally therefore I will be filing a $25 million lawsuit against the New York Police Department.”
Greco also said he intends to sue unspecified news media outlets “that have mischaracterized my relationship with Roger Stone.”
“While he may be a public figure I am not and those who have distorted the truth will be held accountable,” he said.
Greco was also accused of association with former Manhattan Madam Kristin Davis, another Stone pal who was also in Washington on the weekend of the Capitol riot. Davis pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge in 2014 and served 18 months in prison.
For his part, Stone told The News on Tuesday that the NYPD’s claim he paid Greco for security was false and called it a case of “selective prosecution.”
“Sal Greco is only being fired because he is a supporter of President Trump and a friend of mine,” Stone wrote in a text message. “I predict the New York Police Department will settle this suit because your current mayor cannot stand being under oath in an open court room.
“New York Daily News has particularly highlighted a number of the mayors’ current associations with shady convicted felons. I’m anxious to hear what the mayor has to say about that under oath.”