NYPD OFFICER – GRAFFITI WRITER NEO

“A former NYPD officer injured in the line of duty…who is also a graffiti artist?! Cops are still trying to wrap their heads around the secret life of retired officer Steven Weinberg, a patrolman who retired in 2001 after hurting his leg on the job. It seems Weinberg had an exciting life outside of work as a prolific graffiti artist with the handle “Neo,” tagging subways throughout the 1980s with the Nation of Graffiti (NOG) crew. Weinberg claims he gave up tagging in 1995 when he joined the force at the age of 27. But the Post reports that investigators say the “Neo” tag has started popping up again, and think his idle hands are to blame.

Weinberg was arrested last summer and charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor making graffiti and possessing a graffiti instrument. Police allege that he confessed to at least one recent crime—tagging the walls of the Clearview Expressway in May 2009. But his lawyer says there’s no way he physically could have done it: “He hasn’t been Neo since 1988,” said Patrick Broderick. “It is ludicrous because he is physically incapable of doing that.”

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