Oct 112013
 

NYPD undercover officer in biker melee unmasked

 

YAHOO News / AP
by JENNIFER PELTZ & COLLEEN LONG

October 9, 2013

 

In a court sketch Wojciech Braszczok is seen in criminal court in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Braszczok, an undercover police detective, was arrested as fallout from a burst of motorcyclist mayhem reached a new level, with investigators saying the officer was shown on video hitting and kicking an SUV before bikers attacked its driver. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Wiliams)

In a court sketch Wojciech Braszczok is seen in criminal court in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Braszczok, an undercover police detective, was arrested as fallout from a burst of motorcyclist mayhem reached a new level, with investigators saying the officer was shown on video hitting and kicking an SUV before bikers attacked its driver. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Wiliams)

 

NEW YORK (AP) —

An undercover police detective accused of punching out an SUV window during a motorcycle rally that descended into violence was unmasked Wednesday in a courtroom where he was confronted with serious assault charges.

But Detective Wojciech Braszczok’s lawyer insisted he would be exonerated by the very video prosecutors say incriminates him in the Sept. 29 melee.

“The allegation is that he struck the rear portion hatchback window, which has a gaping hole already in it; it’s already destroyed,” attorney John Arlia said. “Under the law, it’s a fatal flaw. You can’t break what’s already broken.”

Arlia said the video clearly shows Braszczok didn’t participate in the eventual attack on the SUV driver and was nowhere near him. Braszczok hasn’t been charged with assaulting the driver, Alexian Lien, who authorities say was pulled from his Range Rover and beaten on the street by other motorcyclists.

Braszczok, who appeared in court sporting a beard and wearing a hooded sweatshirt and camouflage pants, was charged with assault and criminal mischief.

Wojciech Braszczok, left, with face covered, leaves …

Wojciech Braszczok, left, with face covered, leaves the courthouse in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. Braszczok, an undercover police detective, was charged with gang assault in a motorcycle rally that descended into violence in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


Cameras were barred in the courtroom because Braszczok’s lawyer said his safety would be jeopardized. Braszczok hid his face in his hood when he left court after posting bond.

Braszczok, a married father of two, has been on the job for a decade. He has worked in the New York Police Department’s intelligence division, quietly infiltrating and investigating. His lawyer said he has served “valiantly.”

But prosecutors said Braszczok was an active participant in the attack.

Braszczok was off duty when he joined the rally of more than 1,000 motorcyclists. Police say the bloody encounter was touched off when a motorcyclist and Lien’s SUV bumped. Video captured at the scene shows riders swarming around the SUV before the driver takes off, running over biker Edwin Mieses Jr.

Mieses, of Lawrence, Mass., broke his legs and suffered spine injuries that will leave him paralyzed, his family has said. He had gotten off his motorcycle to defuse the tense situation when he was mowed over, the family said.

Bikers give chase up Manhattan’s West Side Highway, caught up with the SUV, smashed the driver’s side window and dragged Lien out, authorities say.

Braszczok did nothing to stop the assault, prosecutors said. He didn’t call 911 and didn’t report it to his superiors for two days, and then when he did he lied about it, Assistant District Attorney Samantha Turino said. At first Braszczok told investigators he didn’t see the attack, then changed his story to say he saw it but didn’t participate, she said.

The detective was stripped of his gun and badge after internal affairs detectives discovered he was present for at least part of the encounter. He initially told authorities and his union that he left without intervening in part because of his role as an undercover officer.

Uniformed officers, even off duty, are expected to jump in if a crime is occurring, but rules are murkier for undercover officers, who face blowing their covers if they come forward.

Investigators discovered video evidence showing Braszczok punching an already damaged back window, causing it to shatter, then twice kicking the passenger side of the SUV before leaving the scene, prosecutors said.

 

Clint Caldwell is arraigned in court Wednesday, Oct. …

Clint Caldwell is arraigned in court Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, New York. Caldwell, 32, was charged Wednesday with gang assault after prosecutors said he pulled out the shattered glass from Alexian Lien’s car two weeks ago following a chase up Manhattan’s West Side Highway. (AP Photo/New York Post, Steven Hirsch, Pool)

 

Several bikers also have been charged with attacking Lien or his SUV or instigating the melee.

Clint Caldwell was charged Wednesday with gang assault after prosecutors said he pulled the shattered glass from Lien’s window and reached inside the SUV. His lawyer said there’s no video showing him with his hands inside the SUV.

Police charged another biker, James Kuehne, with gang assault, weapon possession and other crimes. It was unclear if Kuehne had an attorney, and a message left at his Brooklyn home wasn’t immediately returned.

Lien’s wife has said he fled to protect her and their 2-year-old daughter. Lien hasn’t been charged with any crime.
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Sep 122013
 

“ALWAYS REMEMBER”  &  “NEVER FORGET”

Remembering 9/11: Memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks

New York Daily News

September 11, 2013

 

"Tribute in Light" shoots skyward from Ground Zero on the 12th anniversary.  (Kathy Willens/AP)

“Tribute in Light” shoots skyward from Ground Zero on the 12th anniversary. (Kathy Willens/AP)

 

9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks Firefighters and police silently salute as "Taps" is played at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City on Sept. 11, 2013. (David Handschuh / New York Daily News Published: 09/11/2013 6:25:43)

9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks
Firefighters and police silently salute as “Taps” is played at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City on Sept. 11, 2013. (David Handschuh / New York Daily News
Published: 09/11/2013 6:25:43)

 

9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks The new One World Trade Center stands out along New York City's forever changed skyline at sunrise as a man runs past the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial in New Jersey's Liberty State Park. (GARY HERSHORN / Reuters)

9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks
The new One World Trade Center stands out along New York City’s forever changed skyline at sunrise as a man runs past the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park. (GARY HERSHORN / Reuters)

 

 Craig Ruttle/AP 9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks An FDNY firefighter stands at attention at 10:03 a.m., the moment Airlines Flight 93 was forced to the ground by hijackers in Shanksville, Pa. (Published: 09/11/2013 6:25:43 )


Craig Ruttle/AP
9/11 memorial services mark 12th anniversary of attacks
An FDNY firefighter stands at attention at 10:03 a.m., the moment Airlines Flight 93 was forced to the ground by hijackers in Shanksville, Pa. (Published: 09/11/2013 6:25:43)

 

 

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Jul 102013
 

Firefighter arrested for attacking cop outside Queens T.G.I. Friday’s

 

Lower East Side firefighter Angel Valerio and two pals mugged the off-duty copy and tried to swipe his gun at the Forest Hills eatery. Valerio faces seven years in prison if convicted. The other two men were still at large on Friday night.


New York Daily News

by Kerry Burke & Thomas Tracy
July 6, 2013

 

The attack took place place Sunday at a T.G.I. Fridays restaurant on Austin St. near Continental Ave. in Forest Hills.

The attack took place place Sunday at a T.G.I. Fridays restaurant on Austin St. near Continental Ave. in Forest Hills.


This member of New York’s Bravest had his Finest moment — but not in a good way.

Detectives busted Lower East Side firefighter Angel Valerio after he mugged an off-duty cop in Queens — and tried to run off with his gun, law enforcement sources said Friday.

The five-year FDNY veteran and three friends jumped the cop Sunday after a night of drinking at a Forest Hills T.G.I. Friday’s on Austin St. near 70th Road.

Incredibly, Valerio’s victim ID’d himself as a police officer and walked away — giving his assailants a free pass, the sources said. But the wolf pack instead followed the cop down the street, pummelled him and tried to run off with a backpack full of personal items, as well as the cop’s revolver, sources allege.

The boozy brawl began about 11:45 p.m. when Valerio and his friends stumbled out of the restaurant and clashed with the unnamed member of New York’s Finest on his way home from work.

Within moments, one of Valerio’s crew punched the cop, a complete stranger, sources said.

“The whole thing started off as a fight,” according to one source.

No NYPD equipment was in the backpack, sources said.

The cop managed to break free and run off, sources said. He was taken to a nearby hospital with bruises and scratches.

FDNY's Angel Valerio was arrested for attacking an off-duty police officer.

FDNY’s Angel Valerio was arrested for attacking an off-duty police officer.

 

Sources said detectives connected the thieving crew to the T.G.I. Friday’s and finally to Valerio, who was charged at his arraignment with attempted robbery, assault and attempted criminal possession of a weapon for trying to grab hold of the cop’s weapon.

Valerio’s accomplices remained at large Friday night.

The firefighter was set free just before midnight after paying $1,000 in bail Friday night and is due back in court on July 29, according to a spokeswoman from Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office.

If convicted, he faces seven years in prison.

His family didn’t know what to make of the arrest.

“We don’t know the full story yet,” Angel Valerio Sr. said from the family’s Bushwick home before hurridly hanging up the phone.

Valerio, who makes roughly $45,000 a year, is assigned to Engine Company 15 on Pitt St. in Manhattan.

An FDNY source said Valerio’s expected to be suspended now that he’s been arraigned.

 

With Joseph Stepansky and Joe Kemp

 

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Jul 022013
 

Bad cop cheats the ax again

The New York Post
by Jamie Schram
July 1, 2013

EXCLUSIVE:  Female N.Y.P.D. "Bad Cop" cheats the ax again

EXCLUSIVE: Female N.Y.P.D. “Bad Cop” cheats the ax again

 

She’s the “Teflon Cop.”

 

A Bronx police officer who falsely accused her boyfriend of abducting and raping her — and a few years later pleaded guilty to using excessive force by pepper-spraying and kicking a suspect — should still be allowed to keep her badge, an NYPD trial commissioner ruled last week.

In 2005, Alfonsina Delacruz lied to New Jersey investigators when she told them that her abusive boyfriend had kidnapped her, driven her to a Bergen County hotel and raped her.

New Jersey authorities stopped short of filing charges against Delacruz because they believed she had been beaten.

NYPD Chief of Personnel Rafael Pineiro called for her termination, but NYPD Trials Commissioner Martin Karopkin and top cop Ray Kelly let her keep her job.

Then, last year, Delacruz and three other officers brutalized a 19-year-old narcotics suspect in a videotaped attack that landed on YouTube. She pleaded guilty Tuesday to three departmental charges, including excessive force and assault.

But Karopkin last week endorsed a negotiated plea between her lawyer and NYPD prosecutors that again allows her to keep her job as long as she keeps her nose clean for 12 months. She’ll only lose 40 vacation days and be put on one year’s probation.

“She should have been fired from the force for the [first] case,” said Roger Blank, the former assistant NYPD lawyer who prosecuted her at the time.

 

** Directly Related Story:

* Officer’s Previous “Bogus” report

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Apr 262013
 

NYPD detective arrested for forging expense reports and stealing $6,000

The New York Daily News
By Rocco Parascandola, Shayna Jacobs & Joe Kemp
April 24, 2013

NYPD detective Michael Bazerman (left) was arrested on Wednesday for pocketing $6,000 in bogus petty cash reports. (Photo: Mariela Lombard for New York Daily News)

NYPD detective Michael Bazerman (left) was arrested on Wednesday for pocketing $6,000 in bogus petty cash reports. (Photo: Mariela Lombard for New York Daily News)

 

A veteran NYPD detective was arrested Wednesday on a 391-count indictment after internal affairs investigators found he fudged two years of expense reports to pocket almost $6,000 in cash, prosecutors said.

Michael Bazerman, 40, who headed a wiretap and surveillance squad for the Manhattan district attorney’s office, turned himself in at the 1st Precinct about 8:45 a.m., sources said.

The 18-year veteran was released without bail after he appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where he was arraigned on the indictment charging him with forgery and grand larceny.

Prosecutors from the Bronx DA’s office, who are handling the case, said the charges stem from a string of bogus petty cash reimbursement invoices the cop filed between 2009 and 2011.


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