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New York, NY — In 2015, video surfaced of New York Metropolis police lieutenant Paul Gaglio assaulting an 11-year-old woman on a Bronx road nook. The incident occurred six months after Eric Garner’s dying and confirmed the cop utilizing an unlawful choke maintain, proved he lied beneath oath, and but he nonetheless has his job. His employment additionally comes despite the truth that he often posts anti-Muslim and anti-black content material on social media.
Not solely was this cop not fired for mendacity beneath oath, attacking an harmless 11-year-old woman, and posting racist feedback on social media—however he was by no means even disciplined—and the division justified his brutal actions.
Alluding to the truth that they knew what they had been doing was flawed, the NYPD tried to cowl up the investigation they claimed they carried out.
As Buzzfeed Information reports:
Confidential division paperwork and courtroom data reviewed by BuzzFeed Information present that in August 2016, the NYPD secretly declined to punish the lieutenant, figuring out that he had not used extreme power. Then-commissioner Invoice Bratton went the additional step of shutting down an inside examination of the officer’s actions, sparing Gaglio from standing trial in entrance of the division’s in-house tribunal.
Immediately, Gaglio patrols Yankee Stadium, incomes $163,000 final yr. On Fb, he has shared anti-gay memes, photographs denigrating Islam, and posts demeaning black folks. (The posts had been deleted after BuzzFeed Information inquired about them.)
Whereas talking about his actions that day, Gaglio acknowledged beneath oath that the woman, wrongly accused of attempting to steal a cellphone, tried to withstand arrest by means of “intimidation, bodily power, or interference,” and that the 2 of them had slipped on a patch of ice. Nonetheless, video footage proved that Gaglio lied and he was the aggressor.
Within the video, the big male cop compelled the woman in opposition to the wall, then grabs her across the neck and throws her to the pavement, the place he handcuffs her earlier than main her away.
In a sworn assertion, the police lieutenant lied about what occurred, saying she “and I each slipped and fell to the bottom. On the bottom [she] continued to flail her arms and thrash her physique, stopping me from inserting handcuffs on her. We continued to wrestle till I used to be ultimately in a position to place handcuffs on [her].”
As we will see within the video beneath, nobody slipped to the bottom, and the woman was not flailing and thrashing. It’s pure brutality. The assault was simply one other instance of NYPD harassment in minority communities, maybe motivated by racism, all too just like the circumstances resulting in Eric Garner’s dying.
According to civil rights lawyer Bob Herbst, who represents the household, the woman was merely an harmless bystander to a scenario that might have been resolved peacefully.
“This previous February, after college was out for the day, some boys from the varsity had been throwing snowballs at a passing automotive. When the motive force received out to yell at them — and put one of many boys in a headlock — his smartphone fell out of his pocket and one other boy picked it up. Upon realizing his cellphone was gone, the motive force chased down one of many boys and threatened to name the police if the cellphone was not returned, and when it was not forthcoming, he did, apparently utilizing another person’s cellphone.
This sixth grader — let’s name her Angie — and a classmate had been strolling from college to the bus cease after they noticed a few of this. They had been bystanders who had nothing to do with both the snowballs or the cellphone. However because the police arrived, the women exchanged phrases as as to if they need to keep to observe, or go, after which took off working for a block earlier than stopping.
The motive force — the person within the white jacket with the knapsack within the video — seeing Angie working, suspected — wrongly — that she was a part of the group and had his cellphone. He approached Angie and requested for his cellphone. She instructed him she didn’t have his cellphone.
Shortly thereafter, because the video begins, this police lieutenant crossed the road, motioning for Angie to come back towards him, which she did.”
Evidently working away was sufficient for the enraged cop to brutalize the woman as a substitute of peacefully ascertaining that she didn’t have the cellphone.
If this wasn’t sufficient for the woman’s psyche, the Company Counsel of the Metropolis of New York (which prosecutes Household Court docket proceedings) started a juvenile delinquency continuing in opposition to her. This occurred one month after the woman’s mother and father determined to file claims of police assault and battery and the usage of extreme power. Since no motion was taken in opposition to the woman for 4 months after the arrest, the continuing raised the suspicion that the Counsel retaliated after the household stated they supposed to sue.
Thankfully, the video was preserved by the noble shopkeeper who allowed it to be copied onto the mom’s cellphone, and that is what proved the cop to be a liar. The plain unprovoked brutality compelled the Counsel to dismiss the case six months later, in keeping with Herbst.
The police lieutenant’s gross abuse of energy and town’s shameful try at prosecuting the 6th grade sufferer has put the woman in a state of psychic misery.
“Her mother and father report that she now talks and cries in her sleep, and typically sleep walks. She is fearful of and avoids the police. She doesn’t need to take into consideration or discuss what occurred to her. She stays house extra, doesn’t wish to go outdoors, and her relationships with pals have modified as she has turn out to be extra withdrawn.”