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In SDNY Bronx Security Guard Had Mysterious Warrant Search As Beating Case Goes To Jury

By Matthew Russell Lee

NEW YORK CITY, February 6 – It was just another night in The Bronx, now put under a three day microscope. A young man who worked as a security guard hailed a gypsy cab by the 174th Street elevated train station of the 2 and 5 lines to drive him to his girlfriend's house, sat in the backseat talking with her on Face-time on the way.

Then, as summarized on February 6 in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the cab was pulled over on Boston Road by an unmarked New York Police Department car which turned its siren lights on. The young man, James Hurt Jr., was told to end the phone call and get out of the car. He did, but then he says he got pushed by one officer and then got punched in the face three times by NYPD Sargeant Michael Connizzio.

  On February 6 Connizzio's lawyer in the SDNY courtroom of Judge P. Kevin Castel (who praised both teams of lawyers) denied it was him, saying his only mistake was not signing himself off duty that night. But in rebuttal Hurt Jr's lawyer told the jury, I've kept something juicy for you. The 44th precinct where Connizzio worked ran two warrant searches for James Hurt Jr. the day after the incident. How did they know his name? His I.D. had been in the gym bag he left in the back of the gypsy cab, that Connizzio had searched. Checkmate? We'll see - the jury will get the case on February 7, as will another police brutality case up in Courtroom 26A before Judge Kimba Wood. Watch this site.

There were no other journalists in the courtroom, other than Inner City Press. This case (Hurt JR. v. The City of New York et al, 1:15-cv-07612-PKC) was not deemed high profile or Of Interest. Watch this site.

Upcoming in the SDNY is a just-filed complaint by the Bangladesh Central Bank for the $81 million hacking of its funds, which were then wired through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a case that Inner City Press will cover. Times change. Watch this site.


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