Katie Pavlich

In New York City you can't buy a big gulp or vote Republican apparently. A group of Long Island police officers are claiming they were demoted for not falling in line with the typical New York Democratic machine.

Six Long Island cops claim their commissioner is putting politics before the badge.

The Long Beach crime fighters say they’ve been targeted by the seaside town’s Democratic machine for supporting GOP candidates in local elections last year.

Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney, a longtime Democrat, demoted the cops, cut their overtime, switched them to midnight tours and even filed false internal charges against them for “political payback,” the veteran officers claim in a $39 million lawsuit.

“It’s just the way politics work in this town,” Tangney allegedly told one of the officers while demoting him.

The city and the PBA have denied the allegations as "false" and "frivolous," and said they would aggressively defend themselves against the lawsuit.

Aren't liberals supposed to be the tolerant ones?


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