During the time Jackman was arrested and placed on suspension Eurell found himself without a partner. The odd man in the squad at that time also without a partner was Michael Dowd. Dowd had just returned from the Coney Island detail. Dowd at that time was a six (6) year veteran of the NYPD. Which was about eighteen months (18) behind Eurell. This meant Eurell was the senior partner if they paired up. Roll call started placing Eurell and Dowd together since they were both without partners. After working together a few weeks Dowd began to ask Eurell if he wanted to become steady partners. Eurell had heard Dowds reputation as a department "rat" and continually told him no. It was mentioned elsewhere(news reports) that "no one would work with Dowd except another criminal, Eurell" This was reported wrong. Eurells first reaction was not to work with Dowd. At this point Eurell wasn't even a criminal within the job. As far as the job was concerned he was merely one of many alcoholics within the department. The only reason for their pairing and ultimate faith was roll call continually put them together despite Eurells objections.
Dowd as mentioned earlier was the infamous leader of the then defunct squad 3. The squad was broken up and a number of the officers walked away from the job and quit. It was rumoured scooter 3 was shaking down drug dealers and having wild parties while on duty. When the scandle of the 77pct happened scooter 3 disbanded. Dowd remained behind and all thought he had become a department "rat". Eurell told me..."How else could he have stayed on the job? Everyone including the bosses knew what they were involved in." The truth is Dowd didn't become a "rat" he was betting on the department not exposing another scandle in the wake of the 77. And he was right!
When the topic of steady partners was brought up to Eurell by Dowd for about the hundreth time, Eurell started to consider it. Eurell discussed the possible pairing with Jackman and another officer James Judge. Jackman came to Eurells home with two cases of beer to show his appreciation for a collection Eurell and Judge took up for Jackman during his suspension. Eurell mentioned to them that he was thinking about "hooking up with Mike Dowd." Jackman and Judge argued with Eurell not to work with Dowd. Eurell countered back "Dowd has time on the job, he knows what hes doing out there, we seem to get along with each other and besides roll call keeps putting us together anyway. Besides all the talk about Dowd being a "rat" were just rumors. I don't do anything but drink anyway. What are they gonna do send me to the farm?" (the farm was the dept. word for alcohol treatment program) The final words said to Eurell by his friends were "don't do it he'll just get you in trouble." Those words hung in the back of Eurells mind for a long time.
Once Eurell and Dowd were steady partners Dowd went to work testing Eurell to see how much it would take Eurell to cross the thin blue line that separates cops and criminals. Almost immediatly Dowd started to talk about making money. How much money was out there and how Eurell and Dowd can get their hands on it. Dowd started by telling Eurell about scooter 3. The rumors weren't just rumors they were fact! "All Mike did was talk about money 99% of the time. The other 1% was about pussy, neighborhood women, female cops it didn't matter like money he wanted it."
Dowd started innocent just to see Eurells reaction. If it was good or indifferent he would go up a level. The first event Dowd told Eurell about, was about drinking on the job. Almost everyone did it but, scooter 3 took it a little farther. They went down to the pool with two hookers.(the pool was a sewage treatment plant in the confines of the 75) While the officers drank the two hookers danced naked on top of the RMPs doing unmentionable things with a nightstick. Dowd showed Eurell photos of this. When Eurells reaction was just a raised eyebrow Dowd told him more.
One incident Dowd told Eurell about to gain his trust was just before they became steady partners, back when Eurell was still considering who to work with. Dowd explained it occured when he was in Eurells squad for about a month. Eurell had a court appearance and Dowd was working Eurells sector with a female officer Lisa Breland. This incident shows how slick Dowd could be. Dowd started by explaining to Eurell that if he would have hooked up with him sooner instead of saying no all the time Eurell could have made some money.
Eurell wasn't exactly sure what Dowd was talking about. At this point the only extra money Eurell had earned outside the police department was working for a security firm.
Another officer from the 75 Chuckie Graff was neighbors with the owner of a private security firm. Graff was able to get off-duty security jobs for his fellow officers at the 75. Some of the jobs were working for the Metropolitian Oprea. The MET as its known in NY. Among others these included the Russian Ballet, and a Robin Williams HBO special. We got to go backstage and see the celebrities that turned out. Robin was the only one who spoke with us after everyone else had gone. He was a nice guy, still doing his act all the way out the door. Graff had a eventual disaggreement with his neighbor and the jobs were stopped.
Dowd continued on...A call came into Hegeman ave. for a "31".(a 31 was the code for burglary in progress) ac shows up looking for a collar. (ac is anticrime unit) Two females broke into the apartment at the location. The females tried to explain they're getting their own clothes from the apartment. The reason they broke in, was the night before one of the females boyfriend was arrested and he took the keys to the apartment with him to jail. While checking the rest of the apartment Dowd and AC come across two hefty bags full of money. Anti-crime is arresting the two women for burglary because they have no id stating they live in the apartment.
Now at the very least the arresting officers should bring the money to the precient and voucher it for safekeeping. Dowd cons the AC officers into leaving the money at the apartment. Just leave it you'll have to count all those bills, and stamp it, forget it. Thats going to take you all night! AC agrees with Dowd and leaves the money behind. Meanwhile Dowd keeps explaining to Eurell I already had $5,000.00 stuffed down my pants. We all drove away and left the money! Dowd explained he then raced the rmp to the phone company on Fountain ave. Dowd called two ex-cops from scooter 3. Henry Guvera (Chicky) and Brian Spenser. Chicky was one of the officers who was so sacred of being arrested he just walked away from the job and quit. Spenser was able to get three quarter disability pay for an injured knee. Dowd told Guvera and Spenser the situation. No further conversation was needed its all been done before. They all knew exactly what to do. Guvera and Spenser dress in suits put their duplicate shields around their necks and drive into the 75 posing as detectives in Spensers white trans-am. Dowd tells Eurell I was so hyper and pumped up thinking about the money that I circled the block about fifty times waiting for them to show up! Finally Dowd saw Spensers car, Dowd put the overhead lights on and hit the siren like hes making a car stop. Officer Breland who is oblivious to everything thats been going on starts to get out of the car. Dowd explains oh their my friends I'm just breaking their balls, you don't have to get out. Dowd walks over to the drivers window and sees the two "detectives" smiling giving him the . C thumbs up sign. At this point Dowd gets in the rmp races back to the stationhouse and gets lost time from the desk officer so he can be there when the money gets divided.
Dowd involved Breland in something that she didn't even know happened. He scammed AC into leaving two hefty bags full of cash behind. Now what follows was hard for Eurell to understand but, later on it proved to be his fatal error. Dowd arrives at Spencers and the first thing they do is argue. People who have never had money would think if I can only get a few thousand dollars everything will be alright. These guys have clearly passed that stage, but more money is still wanted. Greed takes over at this point. Dowd argues that the $5,000.00 he shoved down his pants is his alone and not part of the split with Guvera and Spenser. They argue back that it all should be split evenly. Now knowing the way they think that enough is never enough, Guvera and Spenser probably split a few thousand before Dowd showed up anyway. Still the arguing went on and Dowd finally agreed to split the $5,000.00 with them. The total tally was somewhere around $44,000.00! Not bad for one afternoon.
Eurell was totally surprised with this story,but he was shaking his head more about the greedy arguing amoung the three than he was about the theft of the money itself. I didn't see it as stealing, as much as I did found money. They all knew it was proceeds from drug sales. I'm sure they didn't think of it as stealing either. The arrested drug dealer wasn't going to get it even if they did voucher it,the city would. A few days later AC asked Dowd if he ever went back and took the money. Dowd played innocent and looked insulted. Apparently AC returned for the money and found it already gone. Either they decided to voucher it or they wanted the money for themselves. Dowds scooter 3 rumors were still haunting him. They never asked Breland if she returned for the money.