McMahon Out As101 CO As Part Of NYPD Shakeup
Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon will be handing the command of the 101 Precinct to a successor, Captain Michael J. Lipetri, who most recently headed one of the Transit Bureau’s Brooklyn districts.
Deputy Inspector Paul Browne explained the transfers to reporters.
“In reviewing potential transfers, there were some where you had [commanding officers] in place for some time,” said Browne.
He added, “You’re expected to have a broad experience [and you get that by] moving from command to command.”
Despite Brown’s explanation, it is widely believed that the transfers are a response to a rise in violent crime in the city, especially in the city’s murder rate, contributed to by the statistics in the 101 Precinct.
Responding to that allegation, Sgt. Carlos Nieves, a spokesperson for the NYPD, told The Wave, “These were routine transfers, just a lot of them at one time.”
Citywide, murder rates are up 20 percent from this time last year. For the period ending April 25 there have been 143 murders this year compared to 119 last year. Over the same time period, the 101 Precinct has seen three murders this year versus one murder in 2009.
McMahon took command of the 101 Precinct in May of 2006 after Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski was transferred to another command.
Even as McMahon arrived at the precinct, violent crime was on the rise – especially around the Redfern Houses area. The 101 Precinct showed one of the highest crime rates in the city.
Since he arrived in Far Rockaway, the Deputy Inspector led the precinct though several major cases – a rash of shootings in late 2006; the highly successful, first ever gun buy-back in Queens; the fatal shooting of 15-yearold Brandon Bethea at Redfern Houses last year; and a rapist who preyed on women in both Rockaway precincts in 2009. Also under McMahon, the number of guns taken off the Rockaway streets has increased.
McMahon, who was promoted from captain to deputy inspector while commanding the 101 Precinct, will be moving to the Narcotics Borough Midtown