NY Port Authority police union boss cited for standing near the pope

The defiant officer told the media he was cleared by the Secret Service

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Officials have sought to discipline a powerful police union head for standing near Pope Francis without authorization during the pontiff's visit to New York City.

The New York Post reports Sunday that Port Authority Officer Paul Nunziato ignored orders of three superiors to leave the pope's side at the Sept. 11 memorial on Sept. 25.

The Post reports the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association president wasn't on papal duty and didn't wear his police cap during the visit.

A defiant Nunziato told the newspaper he was cleared by the Secret Service and had earned the right to attend Pope Francis' visit because 37 Port Authority police officers died during the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman declined to comment to The Post.

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