Osvaldo Hernandez

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Osvaldo Hernandez is a former American soldier whose efforts to join the New York Police Department attracted considerable attention.[1][2][3] Hernandez had been convicted of weapons possession, in 2002, and served eight months of a one year sentence. So he required a moral waiver he applied to enlist with the United States Army. Hernandez received permission to enlist, and General Peter W. Chiarelli would later call him an "exemplary soldier", in a letter urging the Police Department to reconsider its decision to bar him from joining the force, when his army hitch was over.

In 2008 Hernandez applied for a "relief of civil disability" certificate.[4] It was issued by Barry Kron, the judge who convicted him in 2002. The certificate eased some of the restrictions he faced, following his conviction, including allowing him to legally own a firearm.

In 2010 New York State Governor David A. Paterson issued a full pardon to Hernandez.[1][2] Paterson's decision to pardon Hernandez was widely applauded.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Al Baker (2009-12-29). "Paterson Pardon Aids Soldier in Bid to Join Police Dept.". New York Times: p. a23. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/nyregion/30soldier.html. Retrieved 2018-02-19. "The pardon, the governor’s first this year, means that the soldier, Specialist Osvaldo Hernandez, a former paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, can fulfill his dream of joining the Police Department or another law enforcement agency once he is released from active duty, according to a statement from the governor’s office." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alison Gendar (2010-10-05). "Sgt. Osvaldo Hernandez hopes latest Afghanistan war heroics will land him job with NYPD". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/sgt-osvaldo-hernandez-hopes-latest-afghanistan-war-heroics-land-job-nypd-article-1.189479. Retrieved 2018-02-19. "Under grueling conditions Hernandez showed he had what it takes to be "a fine police officer and an unwavering asset to his command," wrote Lt. Col. Francis Evon of the U.S.Army's 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry." 
  3. Anne Barnard (2008-11-13). "Judge Supports Soldier With Police Record Seeking to Join Force". New York Times: p. A25. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/nyregion/14soldier.html. Retrieved 2018-02-19. "Justice Barry Kron, who had presided over Mr. Hernandez’s guilty plea in State Supreme Court in Queens in 2002, granted their wish Thursday by issuing a certificate that restores certain civil rights that New York State strips from felons, such as the right to vote, and prevents employers from automatically refusing to hire them. On Monday, his parole board had issued a certificate of good conduct that allows him to apply to carry a gun legally and states explicitly that the board would not object to his bearing arms as a police officer." 
  4. Glenn Blain, Stephanie Gaskell, Larry Mcshane (2010-12-29). "Sgt. Osvaldo Hernandez hopes latest Afghanistan war heroics will land him job with NYPD". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/gov-paterson-pardons-army-veteran-osvaldo-hernandez-felony-blocked-joining-nypd-article-1.432438. Retrieved 2018-02-19. "The pardon could clear the legal impediment to Hernandez joining the department. But NYPD spokesman Paul Browne had no immediate comment on Hernandez's chaged status." 
  5. Shane Dixon Kavanaugh (2010-10-05). "Home From Afghanistan, Now Fighting to Join the N.Y.P.D.". New York Times. https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/home-from-afghanistan-now-fighting-to-join-the-n-y-p-d/. Retrieved 2018-02-19. "But while his story of redemption has produced a cascade of public support, the Police Department is unmoved. Asked for comment on Sergeant Hernandez’s case on Tuesday, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, responded by quoting the city administrative code that restricts candidates for the department to American citizens “who have NEVER been convicted of a felony.” (“My emphasis,” Mr. Browne added.)" 

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