The elderly man who was apparently injured by police while being arrested during a jaywalking incident was in court today. The son of 84-year-old Kang Wong said, "This whole ordeal for our family has been a nightmare. My father isn’t a criminal, he is the victim here."
Police say that Wong had been walking without the light at 96th Street and Broadway, a busy intersection where vehicles killed two pedestrians (and two blocks from where another car killed a little boy). Wong doesn't understand English, and it seems that an officer pursed Wong. A witness told the Post, "The cop tried to pull him back and that’s when he [the pedestrian] began to struggle with the cop. As soon as he pushed the cop, it was like cops started running in from everywhere."
Wong, who lives on West 97th, was bloodied and bruised, and charged with jaywalking, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. Today, his lawyer said the charges ought to be dropped: "This police officer acted excessively. The officer body-slammed Mr. Wong into the sidewalk, causing injuries to his head."
The Manhattan DA's office is reviewing the charges. NYPD internal affairs is also reviewing the incident, but Police Commissioner Bratton had said shortly after the incident that he thought Wong fell and was injured that way.
Officer Rey Munoz had been with the Melbourne, Fla., Police Department for less than a year when he was caught hitting on a police sergeant's niece and trolling for women outside a gym.
By Nicole Hensley /
A Florida cop resigned last month after using his police cruiser a bit too literally, cruising for women while on the job.
One of the victims was related to a high-ranking officer in his department.
Dashboard camera footage shows Officer Rey Munoz driving his patrol car in the parking lot of a Melbourne gym and asking two women for their phone numbers, according to documents released to the Daily News by the Melbourne Police Department.
That wasn't the first offense.
The department first learned of the cop's unprofessional habit when a Melbourne police sergeant said Munoz approached his niece in a Walmart parking lot Dec. 23, documents show.
One of the victims, 22-year-old Brittany Youney, said Munoz drove up to her as she walked to her car outside an LA Fitness and asked for her age and phone number.
"He said he wanted to know because I was beautiful," Youney wrote in a Feb. 18 police report. "I told him I was spoken for."
An internal investigation of Munoz's behavior began Feb. 19, but Monoz resigned Feb. 21.
Chief Steve Mimbs says Munoz violated the department's policies by behaving in a way unbecoming to an officer on duty and by not recording audio during traffic stops.
The department's internal investigator said Munoz either removed a microphone connected to his patrol vehicle's dash cam system or turned it off while talking to women outside the fitness club.
Munoz had been with the department for less than a year
By Troy Kehoe
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A suspended IMPD officer pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts stemming from a 2012 arrest in which he was accused of assaulting his wife and breaking into a neighbor’s house.
John Haggard, 41, agreed to plead guilty to three Class D felony counts domestic battery, criminal recklessness and intimidation. In exchange for the plea, 14 additional counts including criminal confinement were dropped.
According to court documents, police arrested the 14-year veteran officer on Christmas Eve 2012, the day after he was accused of attacking his wife and threatening neighbors who intervened. The two had been driving home when an argument erupted over Haggard’s driving and the safety of the couple’s 4-month-old son, court documents show.
Haggard was suspended without pay following the incident.
As part of Thursday’s plea agreement, Haggard was instructed not to have any personal interaction with his wife.He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 7.
GIRARD, Ohio - The family members of a suspended Girard police officer are now facing charges. Officer Larry Neely was suspended for 20 days without pay after an investigation determined underage drinking and pot parties were taking place at his home.
Now, Neely's wife, Kandy, and her 18-year-old son Michael Dulaney are charged with committing an offense involving a minor.
A Chattanooga Police officer has been charged with domestic assault in an incident in which her nephew said she hit him over an unpaid water bill.On Tuesday, Officer Cameka Bruce was arrested at police headquarters by another city officer. Officer Bruce, 35, has been placed on administrative paid leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs investigation. In the incident at 4944 Sarasota Dr., 24-year-old Marcus Berry said his aunt came to his residence to collect money he owed her for the water bill. He said she became angry when he was not able to give her the full amount of the money. He said she got out of her car and came at him.Police said there was an argument that "became physical."Mr. Berry said he was punched by his aunt.An officer said Mr. Berry had scratch marks across his left eye. Pictures were taken of his injury.