The Bad Cops
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By Steve Elliott in News
Wednesday, Jan. 27 2010 @ 4:22PM
Monday in New York State Supreme Court, Michael Mineo took the stand to describe his nightmarish experience in a Brooklyn subway station in 2008: Being held down by three New York City police officers and sodomized with a police baton.
Mineo’s crime? Smoking marijuana.
The Brooklyn cops chased Mineo into the station after they saw him smoking pot, reports Tony Newman at AlterNet.
Mineo says the cops tackled him and that one of them sodomized him with a police baton. The cops then gave him a summons, and threatened he’d be served with a felony charge if he went to the hospital for treatment or to the police station to report what had happened.
The story is corroborated by eyewitnesses, including a transit police officer. The three officers accused in the brutal attack are now on trial.
|Michael Mineo recovering in the hospital after being assaulted and sodomized by police officers|
Mineo said he felt four sharp jabs into his backside as he lay on the ground of the subway station, handcuffed and surrounded by cops.
“I was in pain, I was disoriented, I saw a white light,” Mineo testified. Some jurors winced or shook their heads as he detailed the attack and his intense pain.
Mineo spent about five days recovering in the hospital after the attack.
The defense’s strategy to discredit Mineo’s testimony is, according to Newman, to paint him as a lying, marijuana-smoking criminal with no credibility, and who is suing the city to make money.
“This is your payday, isn’t it?” Stuart London, one of the lawyers representing the officers accused of sodomizing Mineo, asked the victim in court.
“I didn’t ask for this, man,” Mineo replied to London. “I don’t want to be here right now. Do you know how embarrassing this is for me?”
Mineo is, in fact, a marijuana user and a gang member who has a Crips tattoo across his stomach, reports Colleen Long at The Huffington Post. But that, of course, doesn’t mean the cops accused in his case are innocent.
Officer Richard Kern, who allegedly used the baton on Mineo, is charged with aggravated sexual abuse and assault. Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales are charged with hindering prosecution and official misconduct. All three have pleaded not guilty.
Kern could get 25 years in prison if convicted. The other two officers face up to four years.
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Thursday, September 7, 2006 67 Comments
NYPD Parking Abuse Scandal Widens
by Aaron Naparstek on September 7, 2006
Despite threatening late night calls to his home phone from a Brooklyn police officer (who forgot to block his phone number from appearing on caller ID), CBS Channel 2′s Brendan Keefe continues his series of hard-hitting investigative reports on the widening government employee parking abuse scandal. In one of yesterday’s two stories, Keefe asks, “Why don’t ticket writers issue violations to illegally parked city employees?” The answer: “It’s not just professional courtesy. It’s fear.”
Keefe interviews a City DOT parking agent who was suspended without pay for putting a summons on the windshield of an illegally parked NYPD police chief; a Chinatown businessman who was cuffed and dragged off to police headquarters for snapping photos of illegally parked cops hogging up the spaces in front of his shop; and two advocacy group volunteers who were detained and told that the Patriot Act prevents them from taking photos of police officers’ illegally parked cars. City Hall declines to comment.
All three of Keefe’s most recent “Selective Enforcement” stories are online and very much worth a watch. This appears to be a story that goes beyond illegal parking and into the realm of post-9/11 police power and civil rights: