NYC Police Officers Acquitted in Sodomy Case

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  1. DonGlock26

    DonGlock26

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    NYC Police Officers Acquitted in Sodomy Case

    Monday, February 22, 2010


    NEW YORK — A New York City police officer accused of a sodomy attack on a drug suspect in a subway station was acquitted Monday along with two other officers who had been accused of covering it up.

    Officer Richard Kern had faced as many as 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse. Officers Andrew Morales and Alex Cruz could have faced up to four years in prison on charges of hindering prosecution.

    Michael Mineo claimed Kern violated him with a police baton after he ran from officers inside the Brooklyn subway station Oct. 15, 2008. Mineo filed a $440 million lawsuit against the city.

    The case had drawn some comparisons to that of Abner Louima, who was sodomized with a broomstick by an officer in a Brooklyn police station in 1997.

    Mineo claimed he was assaulted in the subway station on an October afternoon in 2008 after they chased him for lighting marijuana on the street.

    He said that after he was handcuffed, one of the officers sodomized him with a baton. According to Mineo, the officers hauled him to a squad car, but then got spooked about what they had done and tried to buy his silence by letting him go, even though there was a warrant out for his arrest.

    Mineo was hospitalized for days after the encounter, then returned again later for more medical care for an abscess.

    A transit system police officer who witnessed the struggle testified for the prosecution.

    The Police Department initially questioned Mineo's account and allowed the officers to stay on duty. But the case gained momentum a few weeks afterward, when his lawyers went public with his allegations.

    During the trial, Officer Richard Kern, accused of wielding the baton, said no sexual assault took place.

    "He was acting kind of crazy; at this point I thought he was emotionally disturbed," Kern said. He said the officers had decided not to arrest Mineo because collars for marijuana possession were a low priority for the department.

    The defense also challenged Mineo's credibility. He had told jurors that he ran from the officers partly because he wasn't carrying identification. Defense attorney John Patten produced a photograph of Kern, in uniform, looking at what appears to be an ID card that Mineo had handed to him.


    Defense doctors testified that Mineo could have had a pre-existing medical condition to explain the abscess, and that the officer's alleged actions would have made his injuries more severe.

    In many ways the case hinged on the believability of Mineo, a self-professed member of the Crips gang who has been arrested several times and admits to smoking pot regularly.

    But that's exactly why he should be believed, said Assistant District Attorney Charles Guria — he has nothing to hide.

    Louima, a Haitian immigrant, won an $8.75 million settlement from the city and moved away from New York with his family. He now works in real estate investment in Florida.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,587144,00.html?test=latestnews


    "The Police Department initially questioned Mineo's account and allowed the officers to stay on duty. But the case gained momentum a few weeks afterward, when his lawyers went public with his allegations."

    Funny, how that worked out.
     
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  2. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

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    Isn't smoking weed a felony in Florida, he'll really feel sodomized when his car is seized too.
     

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    Patchman Florist

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    Officer Kern was acquitted by a Brooklyn jury? Then you know Kern's got more than enough ammunition to sue Mineo for slander.
     
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    Negative on the former, I'd hesitate to speculate on the latter. ;)
     
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    It wasn't sodomy, it was an alternate entry point...
     
  6. G22Dude

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    The fine people of Brooklyn will always take the opportunity to shaft the NYPD so this acquittal speaks volumes
     
  7. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    You must be really stupid or just that out there for a Brooklyn jury to choose the NYPD cop over you....
     
  8. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Would someone with a dope history who keesters dope (or even weapons) on a regular basis be likely to have unusual wear and tear on the interior of the anus?
     
  9. blueiron

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    Fissures.
     
  10. NC Bullseye

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    Couldn't they arrest him for defecation of character?
     
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    This verdict was quite surprising. I guess the defense attorney was skilled enough to create reasonable doubt and the jurors were intelligent enough to recognize and acknowledge said reasonable doubt.

    Now we can see how badly the NYPD tries to hammer these cops. I'd be willing to bet that PO Kern will never work in a full capacity again.
     
  12. jdavionic

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    Was it an ASSP baton?
     
  13. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    :laughabove: Now that is funny! :rofl:
     
  14. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    why does he have to be the butt of the joke?

    why hasnt anyone analized this situation?

    wasnt colon powell from nyc?

    like the country song says, i wanna hug her but she wont let me, i wanna whisper sweet nuthin's in her ear.
     
  15. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    The perp won't be too anal retentive in the future about his habits.

    Rectum? The officer nearly killed him!

    Sphincter? I hardly even knew her.