BREAKING NEWS: Controversial Commanding Officer of 40th Precinct In The Bronx Is Reassigned


Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, who was at the center of controversy on the Stop & Frisk practices of the NYPD has been reassigned to the 46th precinct, Welcome2TheBronx has learned.

McCormack made headlines when we was caught on tape saying, “I have no problem telling you this,” the inspector said on the tape. “Male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem [to] tell you this, male blacks 14 to 21.” by officer Serrano who secretly recorded the conversation.  

Under McCormack, the 40th Precinct saw the highest rates of stop and frisk in the Bronx and in the top 5 precincts in New York City during 2012.  The 46th precinct saw was 4th on a list of the top 5 precincts where blacks and latinos made the majority of such stops.

Replacing McCormack is Deputy Inspector Lorenzo Johnson who commanded the 49th precinct in the Bronx, for less than 2 years, which covered the neighborhoods of Morris Park, Van Nest and Allerton.

According the email obtained by Welcome2TheBronx:

“Deputy Inspector Johnson was appointed to the New York City Police Department in January 1988, and began his career on patrol in the 25th Precinct.  He was promoted to  Detective Third Grade in December 1994; Sergeant in December 1995; Lieutenant in February 1999; Captain in June 2005; and Deputy Inspector in July 2013.  Deputy Inspector Johnson has served in the 30, 19 and 49 Precincts; as well as PSA 7, Internal Affairs Bureau, Patrol Borough Manhattan North, Narcotics Bureau Manhattan, Narcotics Bureau Bronx, Vice Enforcement Division Bronx, and Gang Division Bronx. 

Deputy Inspector Lorenzo Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from The State University of New York Empire State College.

Community policing is a core component of the NYPD’s methodology and you can be sure that Deputy Inspector Johnson will work diligently to build on the efforts of his predecessor.”


For those of us in the 40th Precinct, we sure hope that perhaps this change will bring about necessary changes in our community when it comes to policing.  If indeed as they say in the email that, “Community policing is a core component of the NYPD’s methodology, we hope that the practice of stop and frisk continues to drop in our neighborhoods and relations between residents and the police improve.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.