Officer's friend recalls him as 'gene...

Officer's friend recalls him as 'generous, friendly'

There are 44 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 4, 2008, titled Officer's friend recalls him as 'generous, friendly'. In it, Newsday reports that:

Claire Larkin, of Amityville, grew up with Michael Pigott in Lindenhurst. She recalled him as a neighbor and childhood friend who shared her family's milestones, like birthdays, holidays and graduations.

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Mrs lane

United States

#25 Oct 5, 2008
I knew this guy he was a ticking time bomb. Always yelling and flasing off his gun.

I saw him drunk one night wearing only underwear walking down the street.
RMZ

New York, NY

#26 Oct 5, 2008
That Ray Kelly just proves how small of a man he is! The family disinvited him because Mike Pigott's blood is on his hands. All Ray had to do was say the matter is under investigation, instead he prematurely came out against a man that was a million times the COP that little Ray ever was! I knew Mike Pigott and I have followed him through the Gates of Hell in the smallest of the BN Precincts and would do it again. Now Ray won't let them use a Department resource for a guy who gave his entire adult life for the job.
Does anyone recall the thousands of good decisiond Mike made, I DO!
RIP Lt. you taught me a great deal and I will never forget you.
RZ
Long Island

Lindenhurst, NY

#27 Oct 5, 2008
Jimmy wrote:
Nice job Kelly- Why deny the request for the antique ESU truck at the funeral?
RIP Lt Pigott
This is interesting. Kelly was just exposed utilizing on duty Police Officers from the NYCPD Ceremonial Unit, being paid with taxpayers dollars, as windowdressing at a private party in a bar to honor New York Post reporter Steve Dunlevy but he won't allow the antique ESU truck to be used at Lt. Pignott's funeral.

Two hours after Steve Dunlevy's private party a Sergeant that had been assigned to attend that party is so drunk he fires a shot minto an ATM machine.

The mass media is reporting that this Sergeant went to three bars after performing "his police duties" at Steve Dunlevy's private party in the bar.

Has any reporter actually checked the time line the Sergeant signed off duty and the the time he fired the shot into the ATM machine?

Investigative reporters may also want to look into how many other on duty units Kelly is utilizing to enetertasin the elite at their private parties at taxpayer expense.

Let us also note that one month before the taser incident Kelly had promoted Lt. Pignott to Lieutenant/Special Assignment at Police Headquarters. Only the Police Commissioner can promote an Officer to this much coveted non civil service Special Assignment designation which is a designation reserved for the "Best of the Best."

So what happens now? Did Kelly make the wrong decision hand picking Lt. Pignott for Special Assignmenjt designation one month before the taser incident?

Kelly can't have it both ways. If. Lt. Pignott was to be held strictly responsible for the man's death then Kelly has to be held strictly responsible for his decision to designate Lt. Pignott as Lieutenant Special Assigmnent which placed him in command at the scene of the incident.

CYA Kelly! Your decision making ability is now be questioned by both your Officers and the taxpayers. It is you and you alone who makes the final decision as to which supervisors are assigned to specialized units that are assigned to handle these difficult and often volitile situations. So did Kelly screw up here?

Can't have it both ways Kelly. If LT. Pignott was the wrong man for the job it was you who put him in that job.

As they say the buck stops with you!

Long Island

Lindenhurst, NY

#28 Oct 5, 2008
RMZ wrote:
That Ray Kelly just proves how small of a man he is! The family disinvited him because Mike Pigott's blood is on his hands. All Ray had to do was say the matter is under investigation, instead he prematurely came out against a man that was a million times the COP that little Ray ever was! I knew Mike Pigott and I have followed him through the Gates of Hell in the smallest of the BN Precincts and would do it again. Now Ray won't let them use a Department resource for a guy who gave his entire adult life for the job.
Does anyone recall the thousands of good decisiond Mike made, I DO!
RIP Lt. you taught me a great deal and I will never forget you.
RZ
Both you and I and every Officer in the departrment knows Kelly is attempting to cover his own butt here.

Kelly is done in New York. The way the Lt. Pignott situation was handled after the incident has been a morale buster for the men and women of the NYPD. Kely has now lost the respect of thse brave men and women he is supposed to lead.

I haven't seen so much anger and hostility toward a Police Commissioner from his own officers since Patrick V. Murphy was Police Commissioner under John Lindsay in the 70's.

Kelly's done. He is now exposed as a panderer to the radical fringe empty suit.

Long Island

Lindenhurst, NY

#29 Oct 5, 2008
Realist wrote:
As usual NYPD does not back its police officers. Ray Kelly should be ashamed of himself .... in fact he should resign because all he does is kiss Bloomberg's ****. Ray Kelly is responsible for Lt. Pigott's suicide.
Absolutely responsible and KELLY knows it!
Mary

Hicksville, NY

#31 Oct 5, 2008
My first thought was: I truly wish he hadn't done that.

Later after thinking about it, I thought he must have been in the midst of a nervous breakdown.

I wouldn't be surprised in a way, considering what he had to deal with.

The list is endless. Ignorance, ingratitude, impossible expectations, greedy, wicked people, bitter, crazy people.

Anyway, please rest in peace Officer. Some of us do understand, support and love the Police.
Mary

Hicksville, NY

#32 Oct 5, 2008
Long Island wrote:
<quoted text>
Absolutely responsible and KELLY knows it!
Turning on each other IS NOT THE ANSWER. Please stop it.
Mary

Hicksville, NY

#33 Oct 5, 2008
CCCCCCC wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a very sick human being. Rot in hell.
This person obviously already dwells in hell.
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#34 Oct 5, 2008
General Zod wrote:
Great News:
This is why happened when all it takes is passing a 3rd Grade Entrance exam to get a NYPD job.
You get Ghetto trash as NYPD
And your PO'd cuz you flunked sand box in kindergarden.Make like a autumn leaf and blow away.
Mary

Hicksville, NY

#35 Oct 5, 2008
get real wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me tell you ghetto trash! It's working in your slums and dealing with inhuman abnormal animals who don't even know they **** and abnormal. You morons don't deserve cops who have any education...you deserve the same justice you hand out every day to your lowlife neighbors...You people are born into this dark life you live...you have no idea when you are out on the streets at 3:00 AM with your innocent little ones that there is something wrong with that! You live on top of each other in the smelly gross city streets and these civilized police officers are supposed to deal with your crazed lunatic types who are just down right animals. Do you think his wife or his kids are able to relate to any of what I have just said...they don't know because to know it is to experience it or to allow yourself to hear the truth when your husband comes home...who knows he might not even tell her anyway...most don't most keep this to themselves because the city is a different world and no one unless you walk the beat and deal with it day in and day out could really comprehend it.
So for the rest of you ignorant blinders on flat out inexperienced jerks stop your judging of this poor 21 year decorated police officer. You make me sick...
Don't say they make you sick. Say you are fed up with them.

Don't make yourself sick. If you keep saying they make you sick, you will become sick. Don't do it. We need you to be well.
Bill Dikant

Queensbury, NY

#36 Oct 5, 2008
Beavis wrote:
hhehhh, hhehh, heeehh, a cop has the name PIGott, hhehhh, hhehh, hhhehhehhh
He, he,he,he, your right about PIG, he,he,he,he,he,he, He had Pride Integrity and Guts, something you apparently do not posess, nor will.
sassy

Cumming, GA

#37 Oct 5, 2008
get real wrote:
<quoted text>
Let me tell you ghetto trash! It's working in your slums and dealing with inhuman abnormal animals who don't even know they **** and abnormal. You morons don't deserve cops who have any education...you deserve the same justice you hand out every day to your lowlife neighbors...You people are born into this dark life you live...you have no idea when you are out on the streets at 3:00 AM with your innocent little ones that there is something wrong with that! You live on top of each other in the smelly gross city streets and these civilized police officers are supposed to deal with your crazed lunatic types who are just down right animals. Do you think his wife or his kids are able to relate to any of what I have just said...they don't know because to know it is to experience it or to allow yourself to hear the truth when your husband comes home...who knows he might not even tell her anyway...most don't most keep this to themselves because the city is a different world and no one unless you walk the beat and deal with it day in and day out could really comprehend it.
So for the rest of you ignorant blinders on flat out inexperienced jerks stop your judging of this poor 21 year decorated police officer. You make me sick...
well said cops are under ALOT of pressure my heart goes out to his family!!!!
Suicide

New York, NY

#38 Oct 5, 2008
"THIS COP HAD TO HAVE EITHER GONE INSANE OR ALREADY WAS INSANE,,SUICIDE IS THE MOST SELFISH ACT YOU CAN COMMITT ON YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY,YES YOU CAN PUT THE LIGHTS OUT ON YOURSELF AND THEREFORE NO MORE SELF LOATHING BUT HOW COULD HE NOT THINK ABOUT THE EXTREME PAIN HE WOULD LEAVE ON HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES ,VERY SAD INDEED FOR THEM"

If you've ever known anyone to commit suicide, then you would take back everything you just wrote. You don't need to be insane to do it. Clinical depression, trauma, and recent studies show, just opportunity.

If you eliminate opportunity for spontaneous suicide, then you reduce it significantly.

It might help to become educated, instead of critical of the suicide victim.
OTJ

Randolph, NJ

#39 Oct 5, 2008
I agree 100%. Our job is a crazy stressful job that most people could never do. Lieutenant Piggot had to make a split second decision. We all do that every day. Some good, some bad. That shouldn't define your life! He sounded like a good man trying to help people and do a job, bring home a paycheck and support his family. It's a shame what he did to himself though. He fell on the sword, over what he thought, was a mistake he made. I think he just didn't want to see one of his guys get hurt and did what he thought was best to protect his men. That's what a cop's cop does! Those are the kind of cops that you're proud to work for. It's sad what he did to his wife and children by killing himself. They will never be the same. SAD!!!
FDNY Guy wrote:
The lack of maturity on this site is very evident. If you break the law and get caught you get a ticket or get arrested. You cause the act, the officer reacts to it. As far as Lt Piggot is concerned, he made a "job related mistake" and was despondent over it. He should have had more attention from the PD brass. Counseling Services should have been all over him. The ESU vintage truck should be at his funeral on Monday. The man dedicated his life to ESU and the public. Guess Ray Kelly never made a mistake. Rest in Peace Brother. Condolences to all from a Brooklyn Firefighter that sees the true good ESU does everyday...
Todd Schuster

Goshen, NY

#40 Oct 5, 2008
So sad. Condolences to the Pigott family. A good man who made a big mistake & sadly it cost him his life as well as the perpetrator. May they both rest in peace.
Appalled

Hillside, NJ

#41 Oct 5, 2008
Mrs lane wrote:
I knew this guy he was a ticking time bomb. Always yelling and flasing off his gun.
I saw him drunk one night wearing only underwear walking down the street.
This is a total lie and you should be ashamed of yourself for posting such a thing about a man you obviously knew nothing about. All of you should be ashamed. The lack of compassion shown by you people is sickening.
On Course

Brooklyn, NY

#42 Oct 5, 2008
The commissioner must be held accountable for this. The mayor has just as much responsibility on this matter. The general voting public are outraged on the outcome of this matter.
The Pigott family deserve an apology from them.
Furthermore, Kelly and Bloomburg are through. They no longer have any respect from the police force or the other civil servants who took a test and passed to get where they are today nor the general working city government employees.
We need a grand jury and attorney general investigation into the events and cause leading up to the death and cause of death of Lt. Pigott.
Kelly and Bloomburg are finished. They can all go to Zimbabwai by way of the Verazano Bridge.
mac

Garden City, NY

#43 Oct 6, 2008
CCCCCCC wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a very sick human being. Rot in hell.
You got the first part right, sick-yes, human being-no!And to all of the other perfect people out there, KMA!
LMAO

Stratford, CT

#44 Oct 6, 2008
Speak for your self. I dont hold Kelly and Bloomburg responsible for what Pigott did to himself.

Your right about one thing though we do need a grand jury and attorney general investigation into the events and cause leading up to the death of a innocent mentally ill person who was murdered by the police force on the scene.

I commend Kelly and Bloomburg for doing the right thing and getting rid of the reckless and dangerous police officers who are killing innocent civilians they are suppose to be protecting.

One last point perhaps it is time that NYC raises the testing requirements for their officers. It is well known throughout New york state that almost anyone can pass the city test to become a police officer, frankly its a joke.
always right

Bangkok, Thailand

#45 Oct 6, 2008
LMAO wrote:
Speak for your self. I dont hold Kelly and Bloomburg responsible for what Pigott did to himself.
Your right about one thing though we do need a grand jury and attorney general investigation into the events and cause leading up to the death of a innocent mentally ill person who was murdered by the police force on the scene.
I commend Kelly and Bloomburg for doing the right thing and getting rid of the reckless and dangerous police officers who are killing innocent civilians they are suppose to be protecting.
One last point perhaps it is time that NYC raises the testing requirements for their officers. It is well known throughout New york state that almost anyone can pass the city test to become a police officer, frankly its a joke.
They would have to double the pay to attract quality.

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