Thursday, two NYPD officers were cleared of charges related to a cop killing. A Queens postal worker says he was badly beaten and brutalized by the pair of cops because he unknowingly gave directions to a man who later killed two police officers.
Officer Robert Carbone, 30, and Officer Angelo Pampena, 32, were facing charges that could’ve gotten them seven years in prison. Prosecutors charged them with the October 21, 2015 violent assault on Queens postman Karim Baker.
However, the NYPD cops were cleared of all charges by Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise. His ruling came just one hour after attorney summations were given in court.
The judge dismissed the charges, and sealed their cases.
Two audience members broke out in applause as Carbone and Pampena hugged their lawyers. As they left the courtroom, supporters outside also applauded.
Karim Baker is very disappointed with the judge’s ruling. He’s concerned what will happen once these NYPD officers are back out on the streets.
“We are gratified by the judge’s decision,” Pampena’s attorney, James Moschella said. “These officers went out there in good faith and we feel the verdict is not only a vindication of their acts, but the brave actions of all New York City police officers day in and day out. We are satisfied with the verdict.”
Baker, 27, said he was unhappy with the verdict.
“I did have a good feeling but now I’m just very disappointed,” Baker said. He added that he was concerned that the cops “will be back out on the street again.”
Baker said he thinks a jury trial would have produced a different outcome.
“I took the stand against the officers,” Baker said. “I’m definitely worried. I still don’t feel comfortable.
“I feel I have to watch over my shoulder, watch my back. I just don’t feel secure. I’m just living life like under a rock, trying to be safe and secure.”
Baker’s lawyer, Eric Subin, also trashed the verdict.
“It is pretty outrageous,” Subin said. “This beating is caught on video. There’s audio. The audio has him begging for his life and screaming for help. To have a complete acquittal, even of perjury, it just seems to me to be outrageous. It’s a bad day for victims, for justice.”
Baker says the beatdown came during one of about 20 times he was stopped by cops after he directed Ismaaiyl Brinsley to the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on Dec. 20, 2014. There, Brinsley shot and killed Officers Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, before killing himself.
Baker is suing the NYPD for $100 million. An appearance in the case is scheduled for April 5.