Two Queens New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives were arraigned last week on charges of assaulting a uniformed postal worker in October who had unwittingly given directions to the man who killed two NYPD officers in 2014 as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.
Dets. Angelo J. Pampena, 31, and Robert A. Carbone, 29, both pleaded not-guilty in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday to a five-count indictment, which includes charges of second- and third-degree assault. The two are accused of kicking and punching Karim Baker, 26, and then dragging him from his parked car onto the sidewalk, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement.
Pampena, a nine-year veteran, and Carbone, an eight-year veteran, were released without bail, according to the district attorney’s office. An NYPD spokesperson told NBC News in an email that both detectives were suspended without pay.
The Oct. 21 incident with police unfolded right after Baker finished work that evening in Queens, the district attorney said. Still in his U.S. Postal Service uniform, Baker was sitting in his parked car when he was approached by police who allegedly asked to see his ID, Subin said. In a back-and-forth with officers, Baker said he would not show his ID unless he was told why it was needed, Subin said. The officers then allegedly told Baker he was too close to a fire hydrant, according to Subin.
Pampena and Carbone allegedly beat Baker, striking him multiple times in the face and body, and then dragged him out of his car and onto the sidewalk, the Queens district attorney said. Subin said Baker, who has been unable to return to work, suffered bruises to his face, tears to ligaments in his knee and injuries to his spine.
“He was a mess,” Subin said. “He got the hell beaten out of him.”