Brooklyn Police Accused Of Beating Gay Man & Using Homophobic Slurs

Police from Brooklyn’s 79th Precinct  are being accused of beating a gay man and using homophobic slurs in an incident, partially caught on an iPhone video, that took place over a week ago, The Village Voice reports. Josh Williams, 26, was identified as one of the victims. Williams said he was beaten outside of the 79th precinct around 4 a.m. on June 2 by police officers who made homophobic slurs.

As Williams and his friends, Tony Maenza and Ben Collins, were walking past the station house, Williams told them he had to pee, but was told to wait until they got home. An officer in the parking lot asked if Williams had taken a piss on the building, but Williams said no.

Williams and Collins approached the officer who told them to come over and asked them for ID. The Voice says when Collins asked if they were being detained, the officer “rolled his eyes and sort of snapped,” and allegedly twisted Williams’s arm behind his back and slammed him against a car.  Williams also alleges he was pepper-sprayed.

The Voice also quotes Collins as alleging that the officer “put his hand on Josh’s neck and pushed his face into the hood of the car twice and pepper-sprayed him.” Collins says his friend “never tried to resist or run away.”

From The Voice:

Williams says he remembers then being tossed against a fence and then a number of officers putting their hands on him. “I get slammed to the ground and cuffed and then pepper-sprayed again. I remember yelling, ‘Why are you so angry?’ From there I don’t remember much.”

Other officers shoved Collins backward several feet and called him a “fucking asshole.” “Josh was picked up and slammed on his face into the sidewalk and maced again,” Collins says.

Maenza was watching the incident from the sidewalk and videotaping with his phone. “Josh is on the ground, he’s surrounded by officers, he’s been maced, and they pick him up and take him into the precinct,” he says. “At that point, one of the officers called us ‘faggots.'”

Collins recalled that the officer called them, “fucking faggots.”

Handcuffed, temporarily blinded, and bleeding, Williams was dragged into the stationhouse, and left in a holding cell. He was given a charge of resisting arrest. It took several hours for a paramedic to arrive to treat his injuries and by then, his wrists had swelled alarmingly.

While he was finally in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, he says an officer remarked, “We better not tell him where the soap is.” After he was treated, he was taken back to the precinct, where he was fingerprinted and sent to central booking. He was arraigned at some point the following day, Monday, June 3, more than 24 hours after the initial encounter.

Rewind to the moment just after Williams was taken, handcuffed, into the precinct. Maenza says cops told him and Collins to go home. He mentioned to one officer that he had recorded the incident on his phone. “We don’t get halfway down the block when six or seven cops surround us,” he says. “I’m asking, ‘Are we being detained?’ They handcuff us, and take us into the station, and one of the cops says, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll find something to charge you with.'”

The incident is currently under investigation by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau.

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  • MLI

    Thugs, everyday I lose more and more respect for these pigs. They are supposed to protect and serve and yet they do everything but. I hope he sues the police department, and I hope he wins his suit.

  • Cice

    One question…. Is there no weight requirement for being a NYPD police officer?

  • Oh, dirty cops. At least nowadays pretty much everyone has a camera at their fingertips. The more and more their behavior is exposed, the sooner we will see real changes in the way these departments do business.

    • MLI

      This is why it bothers me that it is illegal to film cops in some places. If you’re not doing anything wrong, then what do you have to hide?

  • Anthony

    They are not black and they are gay, these cops might actually get in trouble for this.

  • talaktochoba

    okey, the lifestyle is disgusting, but how is it on the one hand you claim to be some kind of “minority”, then on the other forget to play by the minority rules?

    don’t you know it’s damn near suicidal for any “minority” to walk by a police station at night?

    forget about “asking for it”, you’ve got to be conscious at all times to put yourself in the best possible position for survival, and walking past a police station looking that obviously homosexual in this land of the free is just not it;

    doubtless this will go down as just another case of “mistaken identity” in the dark, yes, implying that you all look alike…like perps the cops were “looking for” at the time;

    can you imagine a black man walking past a police station after dark?

    forget about legality, rights, morals, etc., and think about survival to the next day;

    your rights will be absolutely meaningless to you once you’re dead under ,mysterious circumstances, no matter the outcome of the trial six months later;