Police Abuse

Officer Who Interfered in Police Beating Faces Dismissal

Regina Tasca had dragged two colleagues off an emotionally disturbed man


Retired Superior Court Judge Richard J. Donohue has recommended that suspended Bogota Police Officer Regina Tasca be dismissed from the police department.

Donohue, who presided over Tasca's disciplinary hearing, gave his recommendation in a 64-page opinion.

"The people of Bogota placed their faith and confidence in Officer Tasca as well as all the other officers in the Borough. For this they expected their officers to act with the highest degree of integrity and loyalty," Donohue wrote. "In addition as the first female officer she was expected to make the citizens proud that she was one of them. Clearly her actions have fallen short of that mark."