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Harlem SSA Office Punch At Private Security Guard Triggers Federal Case and $2500 Bond

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 4 -- The day after Christmas 2019 in the U.S. Social Security Administration office on 126th Street in Harlem, Brian Watson "approached the window without waiting for his service ticket to be called."

A Federal case ensued.  

 According to a complaint on which Watson was arrested for assault, a Private Security Officer "employed by a private company awarded a security contract by the Federal Protective Service" then "asked Watson to remove himself from the window."   

After some back and forth, according to the complaint, Watson "thrust a nearby chair" at the private security guard and struck him in the face using his right fist. Watson also "resisted and was bucking his body."   

On March 4 Watson was presented in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court, with Inner City Press the only media present. His Federal Defender argued that what Watson most needs is mental health treatment, and that no bond should be required. The Assistant US Attorney agreed. 

 But SDNY Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox disagreed with both the AUSA and the Federal Defender, and required Watson to post a $2500 bond. Watson signed, and was apparently released. The case is US v. Watson, 20-mj-1612 (Fox).


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