Upon word that a grand jury had indicted two of the police officers involved in the October 15th alleged assault of 24 year-old tattoo-parlor worker Michael Mineo, prosecutors told the officers that they ought to turn themselves in. Officers Richard Kern and Alex Cruz, along with a third officer are expected to be arraigned tomorrow on charges that remain sealed at this moment. The New York Post reported back in October that Mineo:
…Said he was assaulted by five officers in broad daylight on Oct. 15 inside the Prospect Park B/Q subway station. While they held him down to the ground and kicked and punched him, he alleges, one of the officers shoved a radio antenna up his rectum.
NYPD officials said Mineo had been smoking a joint as he walked down the street and then ran when officers – who are black, Hispanic and white – approached. They insist that witness accounts do not back up Mineo’s story that he was sodomized.
But several witnesses told investigators that Mineo’s pants were pulled down, exposing his buttocks. They said he screamed “What are you doing to me? What are you – a faggot?”
Mineo told investigators that one officer yelled, “No! No! No! Don’t do that!”
Mineo was hospitalized twice for anal injuries and while the NYPD disputes the claim, NY Transit Police Officer Kevin Maloney testified before the grand jury that he saw Mineo sodomized.
While the Rev. Al Sharpton has come to Mineo’s aide, not everyone is feeling sympathy for him:
“If the cops snapped off that radio antenna up his ass, I wouldn’t give a f- – - about that,” said Laura Boston. Her sons Gerald, 16, and Elijah, 14, were allegedly beaten by Mineo and four others in the Downtown Brooklyn tattoo parlor where he works.
“My son has dentures because of that man.”
“Five guys beat up my sons, so it’s right that it took five cops to beat him up. I don’t wish him any harm or anything, but God don’t like ugly. You get what you give, you know.”
The officers are expected to plead not guilty.