A woman who was the NYPD’s first female chief of crime control strategies charged in a scathing lawsuit Monday that Commissioner Dermot Shea forced her into retirement due to his “blatant gender-based” treatment.
Lori Pollock, who joined the force in 1987, said in Manhattan Federal Court that Shea demoted her and then mocked her in front of police brass on Dec. 9. Pollock had previously sat three seats from the commissioner, but after her humiliating demotion she sat at the far end of a long table for the meeting attended by 30 other high-ranking NYPD executives, according to the suit.
“Hey Lori, how do you like it at the other end of the table?” Shea allegedly shouted.
“This remark was disrespectful, disparaging and denigrating by design,” the lawsuit says.