Thursday, June 7, 2012
Judge claims police brutality
From the NY Times:
Queens prosecutors and a police internal affairs unit that investigates brutality complaints are trying to determine whether a police officer accused of hitting a State Supreme Court justice in the throat and assaulting a handcuffed man committed a crime, officials briefed on the case said on Wednesday.
Investigators have identified the officer, several of the officials said. The judge, Justice Thomas D. Raffaele, 69, said the uniformed officer flew into a rage on a Queens street last week and struck him, apparently mistaking him for one of the hecklers who were jeering at the officer and complaining about his treatment of the handcuffed man.
The judge picked the officer’s picture out of a photo array, two of the officials said. The New York Police Department did not release the name of the officer, who works in the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said that his duty status had not changed, meaning he remained assigned to patrol duties.