Badge Abuse: Marine Veteran Beat By Cops
(SPREAD LIBERTY NEWS) A Marine veteran of Afghanistan was in a state of shock when he entered the 103rd Precinct In Queens New York and came out with a fractured eye socket.
The Queens district attorney’s office is currently investigating the claim of Dwight Edwards, 35, who said that on January 2nd he went into the Precinct to pick up personal belongings for a friend of his who had been arrested.
According to Edwards’ claim, he went into the precinct to pick up the belongings of his friend who was arrested for public urination when an officer at the front desk told him to, “Get the f— out of my precinct.” To which Edwards replied, “There’s no law in here.” The officer then said, “What did you say?” and tackled him while another officer allegedly kicked him three times in the face. The claim also states that the kicker stated, “Who the f— do you think you are?”
Edwards then went outside the precinct to where his girlfriend was waiting and shouted, “You kicked me in the face! I served in the Marine Corps and this is how you treat people?”
He then went immediately to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Brooklyn for treatment and reported the incident to the hospital staff.
Edwards suffers from PTSD and a brain injury caused by an improvised explosive device from when he was in Afghanistan. According to his girlfriend, Alicia Branford, in addition to his previous injuries he has been severely depressed since the incident at the police station.
He was not arrested or given a summons.
According to a spokesman for District Attorney Richard Brown, the allegations are still under “active investigation” by their office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. Authorities did do a police line up and Edwards picked out one of the police officers who assaulted him.
Edwards served in the Marine Reserves from 2003-2006 and has no criminal record.