NYPD leader says of­fi­cers blud­geoned two men in self-de­fense

The Morning Call - - STATE/REGION - By Michael R. Sisak

NEW YORK — New York City's po­lice com­mis­sioner on Fri­day praised of­fi­cers who were recorded blud­geon­ing two peo­ple with ba­tons, say­ing the of­fi­cers were de­fend­ing them­selves af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a man who had a his­tory of get­ting into fights with po­lice and then fil­ing law­suits over the al­ter­ca­tions.

“You can't punch a cop. You can't fight a cop. You can't re­sist ar­rest. You have to re­spect the po­lice,” Com­mis­sioner James O'Neill said Fri­day on a ra­dio pro­gram hosted by for­mer “Satur­day Night Live” star Joe Pis­copo. “He's a se­rial re­sister. And when it's over, he sues the po­lice depart­ment. And this is al­most the way he makes his liv­ing.”

O'Neill said the of­fi­cers in­volved re­main the sub­ject of an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But he slammed the Man­hat­tan District At­tor­ney's of­fice over its han­dling of the case, say­ing prose­cu­tors were wrong not to charge one of the men in­volved in the brawl and wrong to let the other one go with­out re­quest­ing bail.

In tweets and on the ra­dio pro­gram, O'Neill said that le­nient ap­proach sends an “en­tirely wrong mes­sage” to New York­ers.

“It's not just about the two cops now. It's about all New York City cops, keep­ing them safe and it's about quite frankly it's about all New York­ers, keep­ing them safe,” O'Neill said.

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