Repeatedly stalked and harassed postal employee who unknowingly gave directions to cop-killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley
Two New York City police detectives have been indicted on assault charges after viral photos and evidence of them surfaced assaulting a uniformed U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employee who had just finished his shift on October of 2015.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton – who declined to criticize the officers at the time – announced the grand jury indictment Wednesday afternoon, adding further that one of the officers perjured himself when filing his sworn criminal complaint with the court.
Detectives Angeloe Pampena, 31, an NYPD officer for nine years, and Robert A Carbone, 29, an NYPD officer for eight years, are now facing a five-count indictment for their role in senselessly beating 26-year-old Karim Baker, who was still in his USPS uniform when he was confronted.
It is widely speculated that Baker was subjected to repeated harassment and misconduct because of his unintentional role in providing directions to an extremely disturbed man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, with a vendetta against the NYPD who would then murder Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu later that day.
Baker said in the months following video footage showing him speaking to Brinsley he had been stopped 20 times – never ticketed – for bogus infractions before being assaulted by vengeful cops on Oct. 21.
“I have nothing in my heart against law enforcement at all,” said Baker, “I have no hatred at all towards law enforcement.”
Previously both assigned to the NYPD’s Patrol Boro Queens North Gang Unit, Pampena is being charged with second and third-degree assault, second degree perjury, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct, while Carbone is charged with second and third-degree assault.
According to the charges, the detectives approached Baker on the evening of October 21, 2015, after he had just entered his personal vehicle in Corona, Queens. As Baker began his commute home, the detectives punched and kicked him multiple times in his face and body, and then dragged him from the vehicle onto the sidewalk.
As first reported by the NY Daily News, it was shown that Pampena had filed a false affidavit claiming that the fight broke out after Baker’s car was found parked in front of a hydrant.
Surveillance footage came to show that Baker was parked legally.
The Queens DA’s office initially requested a $10,000 bail, but the two detectives were immediately given a release by the courts without bail after a brief appearance on Wednesday. They will return to court to respond to the charges in June.
Both officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the case.
Baker announced in November that he was suing the NYPD for damages related to his medical costs, as well as the emotional distress suffered during the repeated harassment from multiple officers.