NYPD supervisors ignored a Queens cop who begged them to protect her from a police officer who sexually harassed and assaulted her and bombarded her with illicit text messages, a federal lawsuit claims.
Officer Danielle Campo got so fed up with her colleague’s creepy come-ons that she blocked his phone number and restricted his access to all her social media accounts. And when she complained about the cop, Paul Marecki, to a supervisor, the sergeant mocked her and made jokes about Marecki’s improper behavior, the lawsuit says.
“I would do naughty things to you,” Marecki said in one of the cleaner texts, the suit alleges. “I love your hair but imagine that beautiful mane getting pulled.”
“The NYPD repeatedly failed to stop Marecki’s harassing conduct, despite being aware of it, and failed to adequately investigate Danielle’s numerous complaints,” according to the lawsuit.
But her ordeal got worse when she was assigned to work with another officer, Jon Mercado, who grabbed her breasts several times while she was driving, leaving bruises,” court papers claim. Campo said the crude cop tried to force her head toward his penis.
“You’re going to suck this,” he said, according to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court. But she was able to push him out of the car and drove away.
In April 2018, Campo complained to the Internal Affairs Bureau about Marecki’s pervasive sexual harassment and Mercado’s sexual assault. Instead of getting any relief, an inspector told her she was “on thin ice” and that no one wanted to work with her, the lawsuit says.
In retaliation for her complaints, Campo began receiving only undesirable assignments, like transporting hospitalized prisoners, the court papers say.
A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department declined to comment.