Mike Sheehan Bio
Mike Sheehan is a veteran NYPD detective who was an integral investigator in the controversial Central Park Five jogger rape case. Mike has passed away at the age of 71. He passed away on Friday the 8th of June night at 8 P.M. at the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital after a long battle with cancer, He is survived by his wife Denise and daughter Clair.
Mike Sheehan Career as a Detective
Mike joined the NYPD in 1969, where he served the force for 23 years before retiring and becoming a reporter for Fox 5 News for 16 years, from 1993-2009. Michael Palladino, the president of NYPD Detectives Endowment Association told the New York Daily News. “Sheehan was a great detective, he was one of those old-time detectives that people write the books and make the movies about.” At the time of his death, Mike was undergoing treatment for cancer and suffering from kidney problems.
He dealt with such high-profile cases as the Robert Chambers so-called preppie murder and the controversial Central Park jogger investigation in 1989 that led to five black and Latino teens being convicted of rape and the charges later being vacated.
After Sheehan left the department, he was a cops’ mentor. “Not only did he love being a detective, but he also loved mentoring young cops who aspired to wear the gold shield,” Palladino told The News.
Mike Sheehan Career as a Reporter
His last post as a detective was at elite Detective Borough Manhattan North homicide squad, where he retired in 1992. He later became a reporter for Fox 5, where he worked until 2009.
Mike Sheehan Car Accident
Mike got fired from his job after being arrested for hitting an NYPD horse with his car, he is believed to be under the influence. On the night of the accident, he was allegedly driving his 2008 Mercury at 10 PM when he crashed into a Mounted Unit horse on N. Moore Street in New York City. The crash shattered the driver’s side window and injured the officer and the horse. The officer suffered cuts, bruises, and scrapes to the hind thigh and knee.
Sheehan refused a breathalyzer at the crime scene, hence thereafter was arrested. He was slurring his words and smelling booze, the investigating officers said. However, he denied the allegations and claimed that the horse ran into him. “It is Mr. Sheehan’s position that the horse ran into his car,” his lawyer Thomas Monaghan said in 2009. “He did nothing wrong. Mr. Sheehan is going to be vindicated.”
Mike Sheehan Contract Termination
Fox 5 News terminated his contract, after the incident, when Mike was eventually sentenced to five days of community service, lost his driver’s license for 90 days and was fined $500.
He told the Daily News at the time, “It was a kick in the chest. Sixteen years I’ve been there. I can’t believe it. Apparently, they want to terminate me based on this ridiculous accident.” He later pleaded guilty to driving drunk and slamming into the horse.
Mike Sheehan Backlash with Netflix “When They See Us”
The Central Park jogger case has been under renewed public scrutiny since the release of the Netflix miniseries “When They See Us.” Director Ava DuVernay’s take on the headline-grabbing rape case has ignited a firestorm of indignation, most notably over Manhattan prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein’s handling of the case. On Friday, Fairstein’s publisher cut ties with her.
The Netflix show When They See Us has caused a significant backlash for most of the living investigative team from the “Central Park Five” case. The show portrays NYPD detectives, including Sheehan, and chief investigator Linda Fairstein as coercing the teens into confessions while knowingly ignoring the facts of the case.
Recently Linda Fairstein was dropped by her publisher following the show and has deleted her social media accounts and resigned as after receiving significant criticism. Sheehan and the other detectives also received some criticism but have largely been ignored by the media.
Mike Sheehan Last Day at Work
He was also the AFTRA shop steward at Ch. 5, besides being a reporter. He also continued to lecture on investigations to police groups.
His departure comes during a time of great upheaval at most of the local television stations, all of which are dealing with a depressed advertising marketplace and changing audience viewing patterns.
Ch. 5 is in negotiations with the union representing off-camera staffers with cuts expected in those ranks, and a handful of off-camera people had previously been released.
I’m not going anywhere,” Sheehan said Friday. “I’m hoping to God, I can report for someone else in New York.
“I feel bad,” he added. “I know I had a lot of fans. I love telling New York stories.…I’ll be back. I’m not going away.”
Little did we know that would be his last.