At an early hour, yesterday morning, patrolmen Patrick Slavin, Chas. Dunleary and Patrick McLaughlin, all assigned in the Second Precinct, entered the Pearl-street Hotel, at the corner of Pearl and Ferry streets, for the purpose of obtaining breakfast. This proceeding was harmless enough, but the officers becamse so involved in a quarrel while discussing their meal, and so far forgot themselves and the Police Department that they had recourse to violence, and a free fight was the result. The affray lasted several minutes, to the great annoyance and inconvenience of the guests and employees of the hotel, and during its progress Slavin was severely bitten in the nether lip, and McLaughlin in the cheek and lip, all of the combatants being pretty well bruised and cut in their triangular struggle. The noise attracted the attention of the officer on post, who arrested all three of his brother officers, and escorted them to the Beckman-street Police Station, when Capt. DeCamp entered his subordinants as prisoners, and sent them to the Tombs to answer the counter charges of assualt they made againt each other. When the culprit policemen appeared before Justice Hogan, it appeared the principal fight was between Slavin and McLaughlin, and that Dunleary acted as peace-maker. All three of the accused were, however, held to bail in the sum of $300 each to await trail.
New York (New York) Times, October 10, 1870.