How did a routine noise complaint result in a gay Staten Island man being dragged from his home by NYPD and beaten outside his front door?
That’s what Louis Falcone, 31, and his lawyer are asking in a lawsuit alleging a violation of Falcone’s civil rights after the June 19th incident.
The way Falcone tells it, a loud argument he’d been having with his brother triggered the complaint, but by the time police arrived, the dispute was already over.
Officers asked Falcone to come outside, to which he responded “for what?” Then his dog started barking, and according to Falcone, an officer yelled for him to quiet the animal or “I’ll fucking kill it.”
Then things escalated, and the officers dragged Falcone outside and began beating him. Video footage (below) taken by a neighbor confirms this.
“They threw me against the concrete in front of my house. My first reaction was to try to get up a little bit,” Falcone said.
“While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth. One [of the cops] said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the faggot.’”
Falcone had a boot on his foot following a recent surgery, and says the cops intentionally stepped on it to inflict more pain.
“They’re hitting me for no reason. One puts his knee on my neck. They were all piling on top of me… I said, ‘Please, I just had surgery on my foot. One of the cops stepped on my foot. Another cop comes and steps on my head,” he continued.
Falcone said he was left with “a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and…more foot surgery.”
His attorney, Eric Subin, said the officers “belong behind bars.”
See the footage below: