“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”
-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
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First Posted: 05/07/12 14:28 PDT - Updated: 05/07/12 15:44 PDT
New York (WCJB) -- A former police officer who grabbed a schoolteacher off the street and sexually attacked her was sentenced Monday to 75 years in prison after being convicted of high-level sex charges, though a jury couldn't decide whether he was guilty of rape. A three-year officer who was engaged to be married, Michael Pena was wrapping up an alcohol-soaked night of trying to pick up women when he accosted the teacher on an Upper Manhattan street early one morning last August, according to trial evidence.
Capping a trial that portrayed a hideous, sudden assault by an off-duty officer, the judge excoriated Pena as an embarrassment to police, while the woman said the attack — on her way to her first day of work at a new job — had destroyed her life. "My life has been shattered — my sense of security, my sense of safety, any and all independence," she said, with a supporter by her side, holding her arm. She wept after she finished speaking. She testified that Pena forced her into an apartment building courtyard and raped her at gunpoint, threatening to shoot her in the face with his police service weapon. A resident of the building heard the attack and called police, who learned Pena was an officer only as they arrested him. One officer said he threw Pena's badge to the ground in disgust.
"The evidence proved conclusively that Michael Pena acted purposefully and intentionally throughout this dreadful incident," Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers said. Pena "showed by his deplorable conduct that he is not one of New York's finest," Justice Carruthers said at the sentencing. "Michael Pena is, instead, a sexual predator." Pena was fired from the police force after his conviction.
Pena told authorities he was drunk and didn't remember what had happened. No tests were done, so his blood-alcohol level was never established. But the judge took aim at Pena's claim, noting that surveillance video captured Pena steadily trailing the woman, and that Pena tried to mislead witnesses and the responding officers about what was happening.
After staying silent during his trial, Pena apologized to the victim and said he deserved to be punished, though his lawyer later said Pena was shocked at getting 75 years to life, the maximum possible sentence for his conviction. "If I could go back in time, to the day of this incident, and somehow grab myself by the shoulder. ... I have no explanation for what happened that day," Pena said softly, his remarks punctuated by long silences. "I will just have that guilt for the rest of my life." Pena's lawyer said the officer attacked the woman but never had intercourse with her, a requirement for a rape conviction. The defense said the woman was so terrified that she was mistaken about the extent of what had transpired.
Jurors convicted Pena in March of some of the top charges in the case, including predatory sexual assault, an offense that involves wielding a weapon during certain sex crimes. But jurors deadlocked on rape charges.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. called Pena's 75-year-to-life term "an appropriate sentence that takes the viciousness of the defendant's crime into account." Vance's office had no immediate comment Monday on its plans regarding the remaining rape charges. Prosecutors are to say May 23 whether they plan to retry him on those charges. Meanwhile, Pena's attorney said he was exploring a potential appeal for Pena. While the attorney called Pena's sentence too severe, the local branch of the National Organization for Women hailed it as taking sexual violence seriously. About five NOW members came to court to show support for the teacher.
First Posted: 04/15/12 14:28 PDT - Updated: 04/20/12 15:44 PDT
Queens, NY -- An off-duty NYPD recruit was arrested in his Rego Park home Saturday night after an alleged assault on his fiancé that left her bruised and with a broken nose. Police took 27-year-old Alexandru Baiasu (pictured left) into custody after they responded to a call at the Saunders Street home where the two live. The violence allegedly stretches back to at least April 5, when Baiasu’s fiancé said that he punched her in the nose, breaking it.
On Saturday, April 14, the fiancé alleges Baiasu began punching her in the face and body repeatedly while telling her he planned to plunge a knife into her chest. She told officers that Baiasu had menaced her with his baton, threatened her repeatedly and physically abused her in front of their daughter and her own child. She showed a police sergeant bruises and swelling and said this all took place in front of their three-week-old child and her 14-year-old daughter. The fight on Saturday allegedly stemmed from accusations of cheating. Baiasu told the sergeant that they got into a verbal altercation after she accused him of cheating with another recruit. Baiasu then said she was suffering post-pardum depression, he told police.
Baiasu is charged with assault, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.
First Posted: 1/18/12 01:11 PM ET - Updated: 1/26/12 12:32 PM PT
New York -- The NYCLU has filed a federal complaint accusing the NYPD of having a "secret list" barring black officers from being promoted within the department's Intelligence Division. The complaint, which specifically refers to Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence David Cohen and Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, alleges that the list has prevented black officers from receiving the salaries they deserve. Black detectives who work for the New York City Police Department's Intelligence Division say this "secret list" in the elite unit details who gets promoted. They say they are rarely, if ever, on it. The detectives call that racist. They’ve filed a complaint against the NYPD with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
An excerpt from a copy of the complaint reads:
"'...the NYPD has chosen to cloak promotions in secrecy and give the all-white high level supervisors who run the Intelligence Division unfettered discretion to handpick white detectives for promotions over more qualified African American detectives.'"
According to the complaint, of the 600 employees who work for intelligence, only 35 are African American. Out of 161 sergeants, only eight are African American, and out of 224 detectives in the unit, 21 are African American—just 6 percent. For detectives, salaries resulting in promotions see a $30,000 per year difference, plus an extra $15,000 per year in pension payments. The veteran detectives say they've taken a big financial hit from the lack of promotions.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured above, left) said he's proud of those numbers, but along with this complaint, a civil suit could be on the way. Kelly said complaints of racism in the department are unfair (NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly admitted through a top aide that he cooperated with filmmakers of "The Third Jihad"-- a radical anti-Muslim movie, which was screened for almost 1,500 officers during counter-terrorism training in 2010. Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne confirmed to The New York Times that Kelly took part in an interview with the film's director, Erik Werth, in 2007.). The commissioner wouldn't talk specifically about the EEOC complaint but said blacks are moving into higher ranks in the department. In response to the complaint, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne denied the allegations, saying, "There's no 'secret' list. There's a formal review process that measures job performance, years in rank, etc. in which minorities department-wide have fared better than at any other time, in recognition of their meritorious performance."
The NYCLU has long been a watchdog for the NYPD, specifically in regards to racial profiling. The civil liberties group has routinely called for an end to the department's controversial stop-and-frisk practice because they believe the tactic unfairly targets innocent blacks and latinos. In December, the NYPD caused an uproar when it was revealed that several officers had created a disturbing Facebook group "No More West Indian Parade Detail" where the officers referred to paradegoers as "animals" and "savages." The NYCLU actually defended the officers though, stating their First Amendment rights "come into play not only when we like what they have to say, but also when they say obnoxious, disgusting and hateful things."
NYC: 2013! "Lost Focus!"
New Yorkers might like Mayor Bloomberg (pictured above, center-left) as a person, but 52 percent of voters in a recent poll say the Mayor has "lost focus" during his third term in office. Wednesday's poll had some positive news for New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured above, center-right) however, who received high marks with a 66 percent job approval rating and also as a potential candidate for Mayor in 2013. Kelly led the way with 25 percent with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn following at 17 percent. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz got 14 percent.
October 27, 2011
New York -- A Brooklyn cop running a crew of NYPD henchmen-for-hire smuggled guns through the city for a lousy $6,000, the feds said Tuesday. Officer William Masso is part of a dirty dozen accused of bringing weapons, slot machines and cigarettes across state lines to fill their pockets. Masso, 47, and his lawbreaking lawmen shattered that oath over and over, also smuggling slot machines, cigarettes and clothing, the feds charge. They held clandestine meetings in hotel rooms and parking lots, filled car trunks with cases of illegal smokes, and broke into trucks, court papers say. They did so at the behest of an FBI informant who was introduced to Masso while looking for someone to fix traffic tickets.
During a sting operation last year, he allegedly eyeballed three M-16 rifles, handguns with defaced serial numbers and a shotgun. After showing the illegal firearms to two cronies, he drove the cache from a New Jersey warehouse, across the Verrazano Bridge and on to Long Island, the feds say. For this shocking sellout of his badge, he received the not-so-princely sum of $6,000 - and his fellow cops got even less for the caper, court papers say. The FBI made the guns inoperable before the sting, but Masso and his moonlighting miscreants didn't know that, officials said.
Mayor Bloomberg said the allegations were "deplorable" but didn't diminish the work of honest cops who have fought to get guns off the street. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said he was most disturbed by the charge that Masso "actually saw what he must have certainly believed were functioning guns. It was a betrayal of the highest order of an officer's oath."
A source said Masso's name surfaced on a wiretap in the summons scandal that has rocked the Police Department. Masso (pictured above, center-left) was disciplined by the NYPD in 1998 for sending a letter to then-Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Leslie Crocker Snyder pleading for leniency in sentencing his cousin, Alphonse Malangone. A Genovese crime family soldier, Malangone faced up to 25 years and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for racketeering. In this latest mark against him, the 18-year veteran told the informant he used to sell bootleg cigarettes from an Indian reservation and agreed to help him with similar schemes, court papers say.
Posted: Monday, October 24th 2011, 4:00 AM - Updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 11:35 am
"He gave me a nice piece for Christmas. It was crack and it was kickin'."
-- Trial testimony by Melanie Perez, an admitted "Crack" Cocaine user, on the Christmas gift she received from New York City Narcotics Police Detective, Officer Jason Arbeeny.
Brooklyn, NY -- NYPD narcs showered a junkie with crack and forced her to perform sex acts in return, she testified in the latest embarrassing revelation to emerge from a police corruption trial. In one incident, Melanie Perez recalled on the stand last week, a cop called her to his home, made her smoke drugs then pulled down his pants and demanded oral sex. "What was I going to do?" she testified in Brooklyn Supreme Court. "I did it." The damning account came during the bench trial of Jason Arbeeny (pictured below, left) one of eight undercover officers charged in a scandal that rocked the Brooklyn South Narcotics squad.
The trial has already yielded troubling testimony on officers "flaking" - planting drugs on innocent victims - to meet arrest quotas and get overtime pay. Perez also testified that the sexually demanding officer, whom she knew only as Frank, had later introduced her to a colleague, Sean Johnston, who also gave her narcotics on several occasions. "He gave me a nice piece for Christmas," she said. "It was crack and it was kickin'."
Johnston was convicted early this year of one corruption count and sentenced to probation. He was acquitted of 34 other charges, including those relating to accusations by Perez, also a witness in his bench trial.
The Brooklyn woman, who called her memory "fuzzy," said her testimony related to events in 2006 or 2007. She never dealt with Arbeeny, she said. Her testimony was meant to show the accused cop, charged for flaking two people in a Coney Island bust, was part of a larger conspiracy.
"Nobody saw me do anything," a bitter Arbeeny said outside the courtroom. "But my life is ruined."
Occupy Wall Street!
Posted: Sunday, October 16th 2011 - Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 9:57 AM PDT
Occupy Times Square!
First Posted: 1/12/12 04:20 PM ET - Updated: 01/19/2012 11:12:16 AM PST
New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
A Staten Island NYPD officer accused of violating a man's civil rights by issuing a false arrest and using racial slurs is expected to plead guilty in court on January 24. Officer Michael Daragjati was arrested in October for allegedly falsely accusing a black man of resisting arrest while conducting the controversial stop-and-frisk practice. Authorities say the officer was angered when the man asked for Daragjati's badge number and then proceeded to arrest him, telling him he did not like being disrespected. Investigators then intercepted a phone call between Daragjati and a female friend, where Daragjati was recorded bragging about the arrest and that he had "fried another n***er...no big deal."
Posted: October 17, 2011 - 11:45 PM EDT - Updated: October 20, 2011 - 10:00 AM PDT
NEW YORK (WCJB) — A New York Police Department officer was charged Monday with falsely arresting a black man, then later allegedly using a racial slur while recounting the arrest during a phone call. A criminal complaint also accuses Michael Daragjati (pictured above, left, the target of an FBI investigation) of being involved in separate off-duty extortion and insurance fraud schemes. Read The Full Complaint (PDF)
Daragjati, 32, who is white, was denied bail Monday afternoon in a Brooklyn federal courthouse. Daragjati is charged with criminal civil rights violations, including false arrest and malicious prosecution, and for doing so with racial animus. He was also charged with attempted violent extortion. Daragjati's Defense Attorney told the media he was “very disappointed” that his client was denied bail. The judge said bail was denied because of a threatening comment allegedly made by Darajati: “If something happens..these guys are dead..if I lose my job that I work hard for a living.”
U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in statement: “The power to arrest, to deprive a citizen of liberty, must be used fairly, responsibly and without bias. Motivated by base racial animus, the defendant allegedly abused this power and responsibility.” The arrest was made under the so-called “stop and frisk” strategy by the NYPD that resulted in street stops of more than 500,000 people last year.
(pictured above, center, an undated NYPD "Stop & Frisk" conducted against an unidentified African-American male.)
Civil rights advocates say the effort has unfairly singled out young black men and other minorities. The NYPD claims it’s essential for fighting crime in neighborhoods where men of color make up the vast majority of murder and shooting victims.
According to the complaint, the 6-foot-2 Daragjati was on patrol in the Stapleton section of Staten Island with a plainclothes anti-crime unit on April 15 when he stopped the unidentified, 31-year-old black man. It says the officer grabbed the 5-6 man and frisked him, but let him go after not finding any weapons or contraband.
The man objected, demanding the officer’s name and badge number and shouted insults as he walked away, authorities said. Hearing the insults, the officer and his partner chased after him and arrested him. Daragjati later lied in text messages to his sergeant and in a sworn statement by claiming the man had pushed him and fought back while he was being handcuffed, the complaint said. After two nights in custody, the man finally appeared in court, agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was released.
Around the same time, authorities intercepted a phone call between Daragjati and a woman. They say he was overheard complaining about having to work overtime to process the arrest, and had “fried another Nigger.”
“What?” the woman responded.
“Another Nigger fried,” the officer allegedly said. “No big deal.”
Authorities also charged Daragjati with beating and demanding $5,000 from a man he believed had stolen his truck. He’s also accused of trying to file a false claim with an auto insurance company.
NYPD White Lies!
Posted: October 19, 2011
NEW YORK -- An internal New York Police Department review has found an official violated department guidelines when he used pepper spray on Occupy Wall Street protesters last month, a person with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna (pictured left) faces discipline of a loss of 10 vacation days after the Sept. 24 incident near Union Square, shortly after the now-global protests began in a tiny private plaza in lower Manhattan, the person said. The person had direct knowledge of the review but was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to media on condition of anonymity.
Pepper Spray - Slo-Motion!
The demonstrators had meandered from their base in Zuccotti Park and spilled over into the streets, blocking traffic. Video from the protests shows a small group of mostly women corralled by orange netting used by officers to control crowds. Bologna approaches and, seemingly without warning, blasts the cluster with pepper spray. Two of the women crumple on the sidewalk in pain. One screams. The incident helped propel the movement into the national spotlight. It sparked outrage by demonstrators and a collection of gawkers who were watching the protests online through streaming footage. Video has played an important role in the demonstration in New York, with police and protesters carrying cameras in nearly every encounter. The footage can go both ways, showing possible missteps by protesters and possible misconduct by police, and it can be heavily edited. Generally, the demonstrations have been peaceful. Bologna, who works in Manhattan South, has the option to appeal the decision. His union said Bologna's actions were motivated by his concern for the safety of officers under his command and the safety of the public. "Deputy Inspector Bologna is disappointed at the results of the department investigation," said Roy Richter, president of the NYPD captain's endowment association. "His actions prevented further injury and escalation of tumultuous conduct. To date, this conduct has not been portrayed in its true context." A lawyer for one of the women, 24-year-old Kaylee Dedrick, said Bologna had assaulted her and he should be arrested. "The crux of Deputy Inspector Bologna's offense is not that he mishandled pepper spray or shot off mist in a careless fashion; the crux of Bologna's conduct is he engaged in a deliberate assault against five innocent people," one attorney said. Shortly after the incident, the hacker group Anonymous, which is affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement, posted on its website Bologna's address, his phone number and where his children went to school, among other personal details. Police department officials said that was out of line and deplorable. Pepper spray is relatively low on the spectrum of force available to officers. The patrol guide lists several situations where an officer may use it, including for protection. The guide prohibits the use of pepper spray against subjects who don't actively resist. An attorney for a pepper spray victim met with the Manhattan district attorney's office earlier this week to ask for an investigation. Other lawyers representing the hundreds of people arrested in the monthlong protest have asked for disorderly conduct charges to be dropped. Seven hundred protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge a week after the women were pepper sprayed. Other demonstrations resulted in significantly fewer arrests. The demonstrations have sparked similar protests around the world, where demonstrators have had more significant clashes with police. In Italy, riots broke out in Rome, and on Monday, Italian police conducted raids throughout the country against suspected anarchists and their sympathizers.
Last Updated: 3:07 PM PDT, October 22, 2011
Posted: 9:00 PM EDT, October 11, 2011
A girl who says a corrupt NYPD detective put her on the street when she was a 13-year-old runaway and forced her to work as a prostitute has filed a $25 million law suit. The suit accuses Wayne Taylor, a former city narcotics detective (pictured below, right) of pimping out the Brooklyn youngster and taking money from men who wanted to have sex with her. The Brooklyn federal court lawsuit, which names the city, the NYPD and the officer, was filed by the girl, who is still a minor, and her mother. Media sources are withholding their names.
The cop told the girl that she had been “sold” to him for $500, and then he forced her to dance naked at parties and service adult men in Jan. 2008, the suit says. If she failed to follow his directives, Taylor and his girlfriend threatened to either beat or arrest the girl, the suit says. The officer eventually pleaded guilty to attempted kidnaping and served 3 1/2 years before he was paroled in January.The girl’s attorney said that the NYPD had been tipped to the fact that Taylor was involved in illegal activities, but nevertheless kept him on the streets. “How do you keep this guy on the job with a shield and a gun and assigned to the narcotics bureau when he has an unresolved petition for for promoting prostitution?” the Brooklyn attorney said. A spokeswoman for New York City’s law department said officials were waiting to see the suit.
Posted: Tuesday, October 18th 2011 - Updated: October 19, 2011
NEW YORK (WCJB) – A Staten Island man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming seven police officers beat and sexually assaulted him during a drug bust in February. Vincent Delgrosso, 26, alleges officers from the Staten Island Gang Squad pulled him from his car, threw him to the ground, pulled down his pants and sodomized him. Delgross was arrested for possession of PCP. According to the lawsuit, the officers threatened to shoot Delgrosso if he told any medical personnel what happened. Delgrosso received medical treatment following his arrest and hospital records indicate he suffered rectal bleeding precipitated by trauma.
Posted: Tuesday, October 18th 2011, 4:00 AM EDT
New York -- A cop awaiting trial on charges of plotting to steal $900,000 from a drug dealer's old apartment has now been arrested and charged anew for confronting a witness. Shawn Jenkins, 43, was charged last Wednesday with tampering with a witness in the case of the would-be burglary. "I found out that you testified against me," he told the woman inside her Amsterdam Ave. building, according to court papers. "I have known your family for a long time and I can't believe you are doing this and saying I did these things."
The woman, who had previously testified against Jenkins (pictured above, center) before a grand jury, called police because she was concerned for the safety of her children, who were home at the time, sources said. Jenkins was charged in May 2009 with planning to invade the Inwood apartment with a police informant to grab the cash, hidden underneath floorboards. Jenkins had allegedly planned to use a fake warrant, stun guns and handcuffs to immobilize the new tenant, who was apparently unaware the apartment had once been used as a dealer's stash house. The plot was thwarted before Jenkins could hit the apartment, according to court papers.
Jenkins was initially charged by federal authorities, but the case was later referred to the Manhattan district attorney's office, which is preparing for trial. He was indicted on charges of attempted burglary and conspiracy. Jenkins, who is suspended and has eight years on the force, was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Posted: Wednesday, March 23rd 2011, 10:10 AM EDT
A city cop was charged with with attempted burglary and conspiracy Tuesday for an alleged plot to swipe nearly $1 million from a convicted drug dealer's former apartment. Shawn Jenkins, 43, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of conspiring to raid the Inwood pad with a police informant in May 2009.
Jenkins - who was being secretly taped - plotted to invade the home with a fake warrant, Taser guns and cuffs to immobilize the current tenant, court documents show. Jenkins told the informant he had once worked as a bodyguard for deported Dominican dealer Eugenio Perez and that Perez made him a map showing $900,000 hidden under the floorboards of the apartment.
When he went to carry out the burglary, the feds moved in, officials said. The case was referred to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance's office last year after it was determined no federal crime was committed.
Another NYPD Caper!
Posted: Wednesday, October 12th 2011, 7:47 PM EDT - Updated: Tuesday, October 18th 2011, 2:21 PM PDT
An accused killer accepted a plea deal Wednesday, easing prosecutors' fears that he might get off because the case involved a ticket-fixing cop, sources said. Careem Johnson, 25, was looking at life in prison for executing Jose Arvelo, 18, in a grisly September 2008 killing caught on video. Arvelo was shot in the head seven times. But Bronx prosecutors apparently reconsidered taking the case to a jury after revealing last week that Detective Jason Allison, the arresting officer, tried to void a summons for a cop's brother.
While it's unclear what role the scandal played in the offer, Johnson's lawyers said the district attorney's office appeared hesitant to take the case to trial. "We don't know how much of a role it played, but this is the Bronx- anything can happen," Johnson's lawyers said. "I know that they're gun-shy. I think (ticket-fixing) played a part."
Bronx Assistant District Attorney Josh Gradinger (pictured above, center) had compiled damning evidence against Johnson, including a disturbing video of the killing, cell phone records and testimony from two eyewitnesses. Instead of showing those findings to a jury, prosecutors opted to let Johnson off with a manslaughter charge and a 25-year-sentence. They also dismissed his four other open cases- two of them assaults. Johnson, a reputed Bloods gang member who carried out the killing over a petty beef, admitted in court yesterday to the execution. Still, he will likely serve no more than 18 years because of time served and good behavior. "The victory is that he's not getting life," said Johnson's second attorney.
The plea bargain is among dozens of "sweetheart" deals already offered to defendants pinched by ticket-fixing cops, sources said. Sources in the DA's office insisted the deal was a good one for prosecutors and had little to do with ticket-fixing. Other sources say supervisors may have feared losing the case because of Allison's involvement. In one of the thousands of phone calls secretly recorded during the ticket-fixing probe, Allison called union official Brian McGuckin to ask for help with voiding the ticket, sources said. Allison, who had arrested the man's girlfriend for an unrelated crime, felt the summons should never have been issued, the sources said. McGuckin, the Bronx financial secretary for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, told him to case the paperwork under his door.
"Despite all that evidence against (Johnson), Allison still could have lost the case for them," said a source with knowledge of the case. "The DA played it safe."
NYPD Plea Deal!
NYPD: Dirty Dancin'!
Posted: OCT 8, 2011 - Updated: Wednesday, October 19th 2011, 11:21 AM PDT
Brooklyn - A New York City police officer was arrested this past Wednesday morning by FBI agents on charges of civil rights violations after he allegedly pepper-sprayed two patrons without cause at a bar in Brooklyn. New York City Police Department officer Admir Kacamakovic was arrested this past Wednesday morning by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges of civil rights violations stemming from a 2008 incident in which the officer is alleged to have assaulted and pepper sprayed a patron during a dispute at a bar in Brooklyn. Kacamakovic has been charged with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts involving civil rights violations and unauthorized use of a federal law enforcement database. He was arraigned this past Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.
The incident in question occurred on July 5, 2008, at a bar owned by Kacamakovic's cousin, and was triggered by a dispute over a parking space in front of the premises. Kacamakovic, who was on duty at the time and in full police uniform, assaulted the bar patron and then handcuffed him without any criminal charge. The officer also sprayed the victim and another patron with his NYPD-issued pepper-spray during the incident.
The complaint against officer Kacamakovic can be read in full on the FBI's official website. According to a complaint filed by Brooklyn federal prosecutors with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Kacamakovic shouted during his rampage : "No one f***s with my cousin's bar." After the incident, the victim filed a complaint against Kacamakovic with the NYPD's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and then a civil suit in state court, alleging the officer used his official position to make unauthorized queries of the FBI's national computer database for the purposes of keeping tabs on him. Federal authorities also say Kacamakovic accessed the FBI's national computer database in order to furnish information to his cousin, who at the time was being investigated for narcotics trafficking and other crimes.
The officer used the NYPD's computer system to access the federal database and run names through the system to verify several Virginia drivers' license that had been furnished to the officer's cousin by FBI agents working undercover. According to the federal complaint, the officer's cousin intended to sell the drivers' licenses to illegal aliens and other criminal associates.
Kacamakovic, 31, has served with the NYPD for seven years and was assigned to the 62nd Police Precinct in Brooklyn. The New York Post reports that upon his arrest by FBI agents, Kacamakovic was suspended from duty by the NYPD without pay.
Kacamakovic's unidentified cousin has also been arrested by the FBI and charged with narcotics trafficking and other federal offenses. In speaking on the case of officer Kacamakovic, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (New York Field Office) Janice Fedarcyk was quoted in the federal complaint as having said:
"The public trusts the police not only to enforce the law, but to obey it. This is a responsibility that should be taken seriously. As alleged in the complaint, this officer repeatedly used his position to intimidate others, including beat downs and violence, as well as accessing sensitive information that could have jeopardized undercover investigations, all for personal gain. The FBI will continue to investigate those in public positions who engage in corrupt activities."
While Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for New York's Eastern District, issued equally strong words herself that came across as a warning of sorts to rouge NYPD officers as much as they did a reaffirming of a commitment of duty to the people of New York:
"This prosecution demonstrates that the arbitrary and unjustified use of force and the abuse of trust by police officers who are sworn to uphold the law will not be tolerated."
If convicted of all counts, Kacamakovic faces a maximum sentence of 17 years’ imprisonment.
Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - Updated: October 18, 2011 - 3:39 PM PDT
Defense lawyers attacked the credibility of a cop embroiled in the ticket-fixing scandal, calling him a "moron" if he didn't know fixing summonses was wrong. Officer Peter Hans (pictured below, center) who busted two men for gun possession in the Bronx, took center stage during closing arguments. "[Hans] came in here and told you he had no idea when he asked his delegates to have a ticket fixed that that was illegal," said one of the men's lawyers. "That is offensive ... it's morally wrong, ethically wrong and illegal."
Perjury & Ticket-Fixing!
Posted: Saturday, September 24, 2011 - Updated: October 14, 2011 4:04 PM PDT
A Bronx grand jury indicted 17 cops Friday in a massive ticket-fixing scandal that stretched from precinct houses to 1 Police Plaza, sending shock waves through the NYPD. Grand jurors shook their heads and frowned in disgust as they heard the startling evidence of cops routinely quashing tickets, sources told the local media. The accused officers - including a large number of union delegates - were stunned as they absorbed the reality of their imminent arrests following a two-year probe.
"We knew it was coming, but it's hard to swallow," said one cop close to several of the indicted officers. "When you take this job, you don't ever think you're gonna be on the other end of it." It was, he said, a "dark day" for the NYPD - and its most sweeping scandal since the Mollen Commission probed crooked cops who robbed drug dealers back in 1992.
The indictments will remain sealed until next week, when the accused officers will be arraigned and the details will emerge, the sources said. The disgraced cops will get the chance to surrender rather than face humiliating arrests at their homes or station houses, the sources told the media. "They'll have the opportunity to turn themselves in next week," said a source close to the case. "They'll have the weekend to get everything in order."
The probe focused on the city's largest police union, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and its delegates and trustees. More than 500 cops were linked to the scandal and it was expected dozens of officers beyond those indicted could face some sort of departmental discipline. The indicted cops face charges that include perjury, bribery, obstruction, grand larceny and official misconduct, the sources said. The media has reported the cops involved helped cover up an assault charge and a domestic assault case, with one cop even taking profits from drug proceeds. At least eight union officials were facing charges. Sgt. Raymond Brickley, one of the early targets of the probe, was caught on a wiretap talking about fixing tickets, sources said. Brickley, assigned to the 42nd Precinct, is an official with the Sergeants Benevolent Association. Edward Mullins, head of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said word of the indictments was good news. "Now the truth is going to come out," Mullins said. "When all is said and done, Ray Brickley will be acquitted of the allegations brought against him."
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60 Minutes: 09.25.11
Description: A personal tour conducted by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly of what may be the world's most sophisticated terror defense forces; Also, the murder of a neo-Nazi leader - killed by his 10-year-old son; Plus, Trey Parker and Matt Stone talk "South Park" and "The Book Of Mormon." Full Episode (runtime): 00:43:31