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SDNY Jury Finds Bronx Security Guard Was Beaten By Police But City Says To Set Aside

By Matthew Russell Lee

NEW YORK CITY, February 8 – It was just another night in The Bronx,  put under a five day microscope. And when on the fifth day the police were found by a jury to have beaten a Bronxite up, the City immediately said it would move to set aside the verdict - on the same day the former head of the City's corrections officers' union was sentenced to 58 months in jail for bribery. That sentencing was covered by a dozen reporters; when this reporter went to find the outcome of the Bronxite trial it attended all week, the doors were locked. But the verdict was against the police, see below.

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. Earlier they'd argued that the presence of plaintiff's lawyer Wylie Stecklow at the hospital in Yonkers was somehow suspicious. But in rebuttal Hurt Jr's other lawyer Cary London 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. Was that the checkmate?

  On February 7 Inner City Press periodically checked the courtroom; Hurt Sr agreed it was taking a long time, his son's lawyer agreed it has been a more interesting case than usual. But at the end of February 7 the jury decided not to stay and went home. And February 8 the action was on the sentencing of Normal Seabrook, here and here (with a cameo by ex-Knick Charles Oakley). When that was over and Inner City Press went to check, the court door was locked. It was informed that the verdict was for the plaintiff, on the named and unnamed City defendants. And this is confirmed on Friday evening, when the City's Law Department wrote asking to delay the filing of the judgment, see here. We'll continue to cover this case (Hurt JR. v. The City of New York et al, 1:15-cv-07612-PKC)  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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