(TFTP) – Schenectady, NY — A Schenectady police lieutenant — who ought to’ve been fired and arrested a number of instances — continues to be on the job regardless of brutally attacking an harmless handcuffed girl, smashing in her head, after which mendacity on a report, claiming she attacked him. What’s extra, after he cut up her head broad open, he took an image of it so he might brag about it to his associates and fellow cops. Now, the taxpayers are going to be shelling out “some huge cash” to pay for his crimes.
On Monday, the Metropolis Council’s Claims Committee in Schenectady unanimously authorized a settlement to the sufferer, Nicola Cottone.
After the vote, in response to the Daily Gazette, unbiased Councilman Vince Riggi, chairman of the committee, wouldn’t disclose the quantity. He might solely say that “It’s some huge cash.”
“It’s a tentative settlement,” Riggi stated. “It’s not accomplished till all the events concerned are on board with it.”
The council will approve the ultimate measure on Oct. 9 at their subsequent assembly. In March, as TFTP reported, the division discovered that Lt. Mark McCracken had dedicated extreme pressure, nonetheless, he was by no means cost, nor fired.
“That is what occurs when somebody hits certainly one of my males,” McCracken would say as he confirmed off his trophy photograph, bragging about severely injuring an harmless handcuffed girl within the midst of an emotional breakdown.
Cottone had been picked up by police as a result of she had been staying with a pal in a single day and the particular person known as metropolis police as a result of he needed her to depart and he or she allegedly refused. Cottone had not been charged with against the law by Schenectady police.
Two officers, McCracken and Andrew MacDonald had been recognized in court docket filings for his or her position within the assault. Surveillance video within the room through which the assault passed off captured the officers of their most heinous act. Cottone’s arms had been cuffed behind her again when the assault occurred.
Because the Occasions Union reports:
Two cameras that captured footage of the incident didn’t have an audio feed. One of many tapes confirmed her performing agitated and speaking continually to officers who had been out and in of the room the place she was sitting on a bench.
That video additionally confirmed two officers rush towards Cottone who stood up because the officers grabbed her, lifted her up after which slammed her onto the bench. Blood streamed down the bench and onto the ground of the room because the officers shortly lifted Cottone and dragged her to the doorway, the place she was positioned on the ground of a hallway for greater than 20 minutes. A number of officers appeared on because the incident unfolded.
After the officer was seen on video savagely slamming the girl down, police then accused Cottone of kicking them and charged her with harassment “as a way to hide the actions of the law enforcement officials,” stated legal professional Kevin Luibrand.
As soon as prosecutors seen the footage, the egregious harassment cost was dropped.
“We didn’t assume there was any trigger to cost her within the first place,” Schenectady County District Legal professional Robert Carney stated. “I reviewed the videotape … and I imagine there was no trigger to imagine that she had dedicated the cost of harassment by kicking an officer.”
For viciously attacking an harmless handcuffed girl after which fabricating a narrative to justify their brutality, McCracken was given a five-day trip within the type of unpaid depart. Though he would later be demoted, whether or not or not that demotion was associated to this offense is unclear.
The inner affairs report summarized the encounter as follows: “(McCracken) pulling and swinging the ft out from (Cottone) whereas she was handcuffed triggered (Cottone) to maintain the laceration to her head. … After the preliminary altercation (McCracken) hoists (Cottone) off of the bench and into the air by solely her arms, that are nonetheless cuffed behind her again. He then carries her on this place out of the muster room and drops her onto her ft within the hallway in entrance of the Sergeants desk. These actions are egregious and positioned (Cottone) liable to damage. These methods will not be taught in coaching. A standard approach utilized in this sort of circumstance is a bar hammer or one thing comparable. This use of pressure was extreme.”
As an alternative of being fired or charged for the incident described by police above, McCracken continued on on the division solely to interrupt the regulation once more and obtain one more trip.
In February, in response to the Occasions-Union, McCracken was charged with deliberately violating an unrelated order of safety by approaching his estranged spouse on the Union Faculty hockey rink.
It seems that this drawback cop has an affinity for focusing on and harassing ladies and, as an alternative of holding him accountable, the division he works for merely offers him day off. It’s no surprise police in America price taxpayers a whole bunch of tens of millions in lawsuits whereas killing greater than a thousand citizens every year—practically all of which is completed with impunity.