The wild party days at the Bronx District Attorney’s office may soon be over for top prosecutor Darcel Clark.
The Bronx DA, who’s accused of running an office where prosecutors have on-duty sex and get hammered at Margarita parties before stumbling to court, should be removed from office, an NYPD union head demanded Tuesday.
“The governor has to do a house cleaning at the Bronx District Attorney’s office,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said. “The police can’t work with this DA, and that speaks to her competency as a prosecutor.”
Mullins claims come as NYPD brass cancelled a breakfast meeting with Clark in early March about the police “bridging the gap in the Bronx community,” sources told The Daily News.
Several sergeants refused to attend, claiming Clark maliciously prosecuted Sgt. Hugh Barry, who was acquitted of killing a schizophrenic Bronx woman earlier this month, according to Mullins.
Precinct commanding officers also refused to attend because Clark indicted Bronx Cpt. Naoki Yaguchi, a 13-year veteran accused of official misconduct and obstructing governmental administration for allegedly delaying a breathalyzer test for a Bronx detective involved in a two-car crash last April 22.
NYPD Captains Endowment Association President Roy Richter said the prosecution of Yaguchi was “completely unwarranted.”
“(Clark’s) running the DA office like it was the ‘Hunger Games’,” Richter said. “You don’t know who she’s going to throw in the arena next.”
“There was a lot of outrage over her decision to prosecute Cpt. Yaguchi,” he added.
The bombshell notice of claim filed Monday by Crystal Rivera about swinging parties and prosecutorial misconduct only bolstered Richter’s suspicions of Clark.
“I am not surprised,” said Richter. “I’m just very happy to hear the breakfast meeting was cancelled.”
Clark on Tuesday refused to comment on Rivera’s suit, but defended her prosecutors, calling them “dedicated, hardworking public servants who tirelessly strive towards justice for our Bronx community.”
“We handle some of the most difficult cases with fairness and the safety of the community foremost in mind,” Clark said in a statement. “My faith in the people of my office is unshakable. We will stay the course to serve the people of the Bronx by pursuing justice with integrity.”
A spokeswoman for the Bronx DA’s office said the breakfast was “postponed,” not canceled — and “had nothing to do with the allegations made by (Rivera).”
“The breakfast scheduled for March 6 with patrol commanders from the Bronx was to discuss crime issues in the Bronx and criminal justice reforms. DA Clark had a similar gathering with Bronx police in 2016 when she took office,” the spokeswoman said. “On Monday DA Clark and police officials decided to postpone it so she could meet with the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Department first to discuss some issues, before she meets with all the Bronx police.”
Rivera, an 11-year employee with the Bronx DA’s office, said she witnessed prosecutors cheat on their husbands and wives, and boozed-up assistant district attorneys stumble to court after a few drinks. She’s even seen the occasional brawl.
“People are having sex in the office,” Rivera told The Daily News Monday. “We used to have parties called ‘the narcotics parties’ where ADAs (would) have sexual relationships with officers and prosecutors. We’ve had incidents where ADAs are having sex with each other and they’re married.”
Rivera has filed a $15 million notice of claim to sue Clark for ordering her not to speak to Police Officer David Terrell, an NYPD cop she was dating.
Terrell has been sued multiple times on allegations of making false arrests and roughing people up.
Notably, he was accused of threatening a victim into naming Pedro Hernandez, 18, as a suspect in a 2015 shooting. Hernandez was cleared in September of culpability in the shooting, and sued Terrell and the NYPD.
Rivera is now facing disciplinary charges for dating Terrell. She claims the DA’s office botched the Hernandez prosecution and then tried to shift blame for the failure to Terrell.
After 16 years as a Bronx prosecutor and an appellate judge in Manhattan, Clark was made Bronx DA in 2016 in a controversial move — the Democratic leadership named her to succeed former Bronx DA Robert Johnson, who dropped off the ballot just a month before the 2015 election, where he was running unopposed.
Many criticized the process as essentially cutting out voters.
“It’s interesting that she’s focusing on public safety when the public didn’t elect her,” Richter said.