Two New York detectives are now under scrutiny after being charged with launching an assault on a FedEx worker who gave directions to an unknown stranger who went on to murder two policemen in 2014.
The man was later identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley. He killed himself after murdering two police officers.
According to the Daily Mail, detectives Angelo Pampena, 31, and Robert Carbone, 29, were arraigned Wednesday in Queens for allegedly beating Karim Baker, 26.
Angelo Pampena had worked nine years with the NYPD while Carbone was an eight-year veteran.
Carbone is charged with second- and third-degree assault while Pampena is also charged with perjury. He is accused of offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. Their attorneys hesitated to make any comments.
According to an indictment, Karim Baker had gotten into his car October 21, 2015, when the detectives punched, kicked, and dragged him.
Detectives Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone were arraigned on Wednesday and could face up to seven years in prison if convicted, the Daily Mail reported.
Pampena filed a sworn criminal complaint alleging Baker was parked in front of a fire hydrant. But the video evidence shows it was parked more than 15 feet away, prosecutors said.
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The police officers murdered were Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. They were shot at point-blank range through their cruiser window by Ismaaiyl Brinsley on December 20, 2014.
The Daily Mail also reported that Brinsley, who killed himself with the same weapon, had posted on Instagram that he wanted to put ‘wings on pigs’ and referenced Eric Garner, whose police chokehold death led to protests against the NYPD.
The analysis of security footage showed that Karim gave Brinsley directions to two housing projects. The time between the conversation and the killing is still unknown. Their entire conversation lasted only 10 seconds.
“‘Mr. Baker gave him directions and they parted their separate ways,’ his lawyer, Eric Subin, said in November.”
After that, Baker was questioned and then “systematically harassed” by police, including officers lurking around him and his family and about 20 traffic stops in nine months, Subin added.
“‘I have no hate toward police officers at all. That’s who I call when I need help. I’m just hurt,’ Baker said at the time.”
The two officers, who were previously assigned to an anti-gang unit, were released are scheduled to appear in court on June 27. If convicted, they will be put behind the bars for 7 years.
The case of police interfering with innocent victims is not uncommon. Last month, a short police pursuit of a stolen car in San Bernardino Tuesday morning ended in a fatal crash that killed an innocent driver who was headed home after finishing his overnight shift.
“‘It’s the worst scenario that plays out: somebody innocent gets hurt, we have to strike a balance…. We want to stop the criminal… but we don’t want innocent lives lost in the process’ Lawhead said referring to the incident.”
Recently, it was disclosed that an innocent Alabama man was murdered by cops 40 years ago. People saying “We done shot the wrong n—–” were heard at the incident.
Filmingcops also reported another recent incident of police brutality. A police officer opened fire and killed a 34-year-old woman at her home.
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