Thursday, December 11, 2008

NY Police taunt subway accuser, who blows kisses at them

Police taunt subway accuser, who blows kisses at them
A Brooklyn tattoo artist clapped sarcastically and blew kisses Tuesday after being taunted by supporters of the NYPD officer accused of sodomizing him with a baton.

Michael Mineo, 24, faced off with cops when they berated him with an anti-gay epithet in a courtroom.

"I relive this every day," Mineo said. "I'm too young to be going through this. Nobody should be going through this."

Police Officer Richard Kern was formally charged with attacking Mineo and two other cops were accused of covering up the Oct. 15 subway station attack.

Mineo, who stared down the three accused cops at their arraignment, got into a standoff with plainclothes cops, who called him a "f----t," said Mineo's lawyer, Kevin Mosley.

"That's when Mike blew the kisses," Mosley said. "I would have done something more forceful."

The baby-faced Kern faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse and assault. He was freed on $15,000 bail.

Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and obstructing justice. They face four years in prison if convicted and were freed without bond.

Two other cops testified against the officers before a grand jury, and authorities said Mineo's DNA was found on the baton.

Defense lawyers insist the cops did nothing wrong.

"It's just an allegation," said Kern's lawyer, John Patten.

"They don't even have a paper-thin case," added Stuart London, Cruz's lawyer.

Police union chief Patrick Lynch urged the public to withhold judgment until all the facts are in.

"We have earned the benefit of a doubt with our blood and sacrifice," Lynch said.

Prosecutors say the cops approached Mineo outside the Prospect Park station in Prospect Lefferts Gardens because they spotted him smoking marijuana.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said Mineo fled into the station and jumped a turnstile before he was pinned down and handcuffed near a token booth.

Mineo claims cops pulled down his pants and one of the officers sodomized him as he screamed out in pain. He was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and released.

Hynes said cops warned Mineo he would be charged with a felony if he reported the attack...

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