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Chief Magistrate Steven Gold ruled that Officer Nicholas Marchesona and deceased Lt. Michael Pigott used excessive force and violated the constitutional rights of Iman Morales when they Tasered him in Bedford Stuyvesant, causing him to fall to his death.
A Brooklyn judge ruled that NYPD cops used excessive force and violated the constitutional rights of a mentally ill man they Tasered on a building ledge, causing the victim to fall to his death.
The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of Iman Morales can now proceed to a civil trial by jury in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Chief Magistrate Steven Gold rejected arguments to throw out the suit against the city, Officer Nicholas Marchesona and deceased Lt. Michael Pigott, who gave the fateful order on Sept. 24, 2008 in Bedford Stuyvesant. Pigott later committed suicide after he was criticized by police brass.
Gold concluded that although the victim was wielding a long fluorescent light bulb, he was essentially trapped on the ledge and did not pose an immediate risk to the safety of the officers who could have simply retreated from the reach of the bulb.
"The police might have waited for the arrival of the airbag or merely aimed the Taser at Morales ready to fire if the situation escalated," Gold wrote in his decision.Instead, Pigott ordered Marchesona to fire a Taser dart even though Morales was perched 10-feet above the sidewalk. NYTPD guidelines advise against using the 50,000-volt device against a subject standing on an elevated surface.
The cops also failed to give Morales warning that he was about to be Tasered, Gold noted.
"We are gratified that the court rejected the city's claim of immunity for the senseless death of Iman Morales," said lawyer Seth Harris who represents the victim's mother in the suit.
Marchesona testified that Pigott had not anticpated Morales would seize up and pitch forward landing head-first on the pavement.
"(Pigott) thought that maybe (Morales) would have collapsed. I mean coming straight down, possibly, maybe, breaking a leg, but nothing probably worse than that," Marchesona said, according to court papers.
A spokeswoman for the city Law Department had no immediate comment on the decision
CORPUS CHRISTI - The most recent class of Corpus Christi Police Department cadets is off to a rough start with two officers including the class president now on suspension.
We learned Monday afternoon that the two officers in the last phases of their training were under investigation for misconduct.
The police department would not go into detail about what exactly what they did to get themselves suspended, so we found out for ourselves.
According to the police union president, officer Bryan Cantu had a disagreement with his girlfriend over a week ago, became distraught, and allegedly put a gun to his head.
Chief Floyd Simpson would not release details when we spoke to him late Monday. "What I don't want to do is cloud the issues by talking about specifics in the investigation in the media... Once the investigation is done I will make a determination on whether or not he's worthy to be on our department," Simpson told us.
Cantu's father is a longtime Corpus Christi police officer.
Bryan Cantu's academy classmate, Spencer Christian, was arrested by Dallas police over a week ago. He's charged with assault on a family member and impeding breath. He was picked up after a car accident in Arlington and shipped back to Dallas, according to Arlington police.
Christian and Cantu are both on paid leave as internal affairs conducts an investigation. They're facing severe disciplinary action and alleged misconduct could cost them a career in law enforcement.
"i think it's an honor to serve and I have an expectation that employees that work here on the pd will feel the same way and that's how we are going to proceed," says Chief Simpson.
Simpson was quick to point out these officers were in their final stages of training and were working under the supervision of experienced officers.
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- He put on a uniform, a badge and even carried a gun, but now 34-year-old Bledar Naco is behind bars, charged with a federal offense of distributing cocaine.
Naco had been a Winthrop auxiliary police officer for more than a year when Police Chief Terence Delehanty says he got a disturbing phone call.
"I received a phone call from the Lynn Police Chief he said he had information from his sources in his department that we had an auxiliary police officer dealing cocaine from the cruiser, the auxiliary police cruiser, and in uniform," Chief Delehanty says.
Chief Delehanty says he notified the FBI, and together with Revere Police they set up a five month undercover surveillance and sting operation to catch Naco in the act.
"We wanted to have a solid case to prosecute and wanted to make sure we knew what case we were presenting and the facts and the information we received were actually true," he said.
Court paperwork shows Naco was arrested last Thursday night in the parking lot of Nick’s Place, a Winthrop family restaurant where he also worked.
The documents allege he had just sold $100 worth of cocaine to an undercover officer from his Mercedes parked in the lot.
"Nothing came up in the background checks, certainly we did our due diligence in doing those checks and it’s just unfortunate," said Chief Delehanty, "but in any organization you have a certain percentage that will take advantage of their position of power."
Chief Delehanty says it’s important to note that Naco was not a full-fledged officer; he was a volunteer, assisting the department with traffic posts and monitoring buildings in the town.
"It’s extremely frustrating and of course the public sees a person in uniform doing something bad, they don’t know the distinction between auxiliary and regular police officers," said Chief Delehanty, "and so if affects all of our reputations, it tarnishes our badges."
Court documents allege that Naco admitted to agents after his arrest that he had been selling cocaine for about a year. Naco is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing later this week.
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An off-duty New York Police Department undercover detective apparently seen on video pounding on an SUV during a melee with motorcyclists has surrendered.
Police spokesman John McCarthy confirmed Tuesday the undercover officer is in custody. Charges are pending.
Two people familiar with the case say the detective was on a motorcycle and was seen on video hitting and kicking the SUV when a biker rally spiraled into violence. They weren't authorized to discuss the inquiry and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
The driver was pulled from his SUV on Sept. 29 after hitting a Massachusetts motorcyclist. The driver's wife says he was fleeing to protect her and their 2-year-old.
Four bikers have been charged in the case. One of them was arraigned Tuesday on assault and other charges. His attorney says he'll fight the charges.