A detective from the Hate Crime Task Force of the New York Police Department said she was punished after she filed a complaint against her boss for assault.
Detective Nela Gomez said Lieutenant Robert Delaney went to her boss on August 31 about a subpoena case she was working on when she threw herself into a farce filled with expletives, threw her out of her office and then knocked on the door with so much force that it hit her and made her fall to the ground.
"While I was in the office, (Delaney) starts screaming:" Where are you going? You are not going anywhere! The extra time will be done here, "he told the Daily News.
She said that Delaney seemed to be in a bad mood.
Detective Nela Gomez (left) said she was physically assaulted by her boss Lieutenant Robert Delaney (right) last month
Gomez said he went into his boss's office for a case he was working on and started cursing her and throwing her out of his office.
Gomez said the door hit her and made her fall. The 13-year-old veteran said she suffered bruises on her back and leg
Gomez said he showed pictures of his bruises to Internal Affairs, but was punished instead of Delaney
"He's screaming in my face," he said. & # 39; Has one meter eighty two. I have a meter and a half. It is a jibberish. He is screaming at me without any substance. He is saying: "I'm pretending with you! This is f *** a!" & # 39;
Gomez said that she tried to ask her boss what she had done wrong and ordered her out of his office. She claimed that when she left the room, Delaney, 51, hit the door and cut her off.
"The door hits me, and now I fly to the ground and land on the corner of my left side," he told ABC News. "Now I am devastated and terrified."
Gomez said she bruised her arm, leg and back from the door that hit her. She said she immediately contacted Internal Affairs about the physical attack.
She told the Daily News that Delaney tried to minimize the incident to Inspector Mark Molinari, commander of the Hate Crimes.
He said the inspector wanted to investigate the incident as a verbal dispute, but intervened and said he was attacked by his supervisor.
Gomez, a 13-year veteran, said she was interviewed by Captain Thomas Kamper of Manhattan South Inspections and told that she could not file a complaint or bring charges against Delaney. She thinks she was told she could not file a complaint because Delaney is a lieutenant.
The detective said that if his boss was an average citizen "an arrest warrant would be made."
"Especially with injuries," he added to the Daily News. "Then it would be the responsibility of the courts, it seems that they are protecting the lieutenant, why do they change the rules because they are police? We are supposed to respect the law and this is what they do and they wonder why people do not trust the police "
Gomez said that despite having photographic evidence of her bruises, she was punished for speaking and Delaney did not receive a reprimand.
Delaney (pictured) denied hitting Gomez with the door
Gómez said that she was forced to undergo a psychological evaluation, that her weapon and shield were taken away and left on the desk.
"They made me feel like I had done something wrong," he told ABC. "I was penalized, my weapon was taken, not his, I had to undergo a psychological evaluation, he did not do it.
"They victimized me again," he added.
Gomez said she was restored to her full service and transferred to the special victims unit in Manhattan after passing the evaluation.
Lou Turco, president of the Lieutenant Benevolent Association, said Gomez allegedly started the incident when he got angry because Delaney told him to work on the citation of the office.
"She thought she had to go to the scene," he told the Daily News, and also denied that Gomez was hit by the door.
"The door was never closed for the force to hit her with the door," he said at the exit. "We insisted that no door was hit by any door."
"The lieutenant's account is backed by two independent witnesses," Turk added.
Gomez described the environment at the Hate Crimes Unit as toxic and said that women move from there after only a few months at work.
"They told me" When you have your period, it is better that you are not a b ****, "said Gomez." I always wondered why women would go there and leave after a few months and now I know. It is clear that they do not want women in that unit.
A spokesman for the police said the case is an active investigation.