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Update: NYPD Cop Who Got Drunk, Broke Into a Woman’s House, and Repeatedly Assaulted Her Given Probation

Almost exactly a year ago, I posted on the CopBlock Network about Officer Eugene Donnelly of the NYPD. As I reported then, within hours of having received an award for bravery at a June 2014 ceremony (pictured above) presided over by both Mayor De Blasio and former NYPD Commission Bill Bratton, Donnelly went out with a group of fellow officers to celebrate. That victory party culminated in him passing out drunk at a friend’s apartment in the Bronx.

However, that was not the end of the festivities for Officer Donnelly. Sometime during the night, he forced his way into an apartment within the same building, threw the woman who lived there to the ground while yelling about children and guns, and then hit her at least twenty times in the head, because he (apparently) thought she worked for Child Protective Services. After some unspecified amount of time, he then realized he had done some crazy shit and ran out of the apartment in nothing but a pair of black boxers. (See video embedded below.) Before that though, he reportedly added insult to injury by drinking milk out of his victim’s refrigerator – straight from the carton, no less.

He later tried to claim that all of this happened because he was sleep walking.

Via the New York Post:

Eugene Donnelly, who gave the snoozy defense in court last week, is wearing only a pair of black boxers as he tries to flee a Bronx building where, moments earlier, he allegedly pummeled the total stranger.

Donnelly first enters the frame in the lobby at 5:43 a.m. and runs out to the street. He then tries to get back inside but is locked out and leaves again. When a cop car passes by, he goes back to the vestibule where he frantically rings buzzers.

Seconds before the damning footage, his alleged victim is seen running through the lobby in her bathrobe as she desperately tries to get away.

A day earlier, Donnelly had been given a Combat Cross by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for ­arresting a gunman who fired at him in 2012.

Sources said he spent the night drinking before crashing at a fellow cop’s place in the victim’s building.

The 32-year-old woman, who asked not to be identified, shared details of the 2014 nightmare for the first time with The Post.

She said she was in bed when Donnelly kicked in her door wearing nothing but the shorts.

She ran toward the door, screaming, “Help!”

“He came rushing toward me and punched me in the face, hard enough to knock me to the floor,” she recalled.

“It was so sudden.”

He then got on top of her and continued hitting her, she said. “I was lying on the ground and he . . kept punching me, really fast, nonstop, pummeling me.

“He was screaming, ‘Shut the f–k up, you ACS bitch! I know there are kids in here! I know there are guns!’

“I had no idea what he was talking about . . . I thought I was going to die,” she said.

At one point, the fearful woman dialed 911, but was afraid to speak because he was still in the apartment.

When she heard him walk into her kitchen, she put on a bathrobe, ran out of her apartment and knocked on neighbors’ doors for help.

To sweeten the deal a little bit, Officer Donnelly also is facing a DWI charge from May of 2016. In that incident, Donnelly had to be pried out of his own car after it collided with three parked cars and flipped on its side. (See second video embedded below.) He was reportedly, according to witnesses, going 65 to 70 miles per hour on a city street prior to the collision.

These charges would probably tell you that Officer Donnelly has some serious issues with self control and either one of them would probably indicate that he’s a danger to the public when he inevitably loses control. So this is a guy you’d think should more than likely not be working as a cop and should even be given some sort of harsh punishment to discourage him from this type of behavior in the future.

Or not. Instead Donnelly will be sentenced to three years of probation as part of a plea deal and “could” be fired from the NYPD if he is convicted on the DWI charges, which have yet to go to trial. That’ll keep him on the straight and narrow.

NYPD Cop “Punished” by Loss of Five Days Vacation For Throwing Handcuffed Teen Through Window

Last Year, CopBlock Network contributor Asa J wrote about a May 2014 incident in which a 14 year old boy was assaulted and thrown through a Bronx storefront window while handcuffed. That teen, Javier Payne, weighed just 89 pounds at the time he was deliberately and viciously attacked by NYPD Sgt. Eliezer Pabon, which was caught on surveillance video (embedded below) at the Hookah Spot, the owner of the window.

As a result of the injuries he sustained from being shoved through the window, Payne had to have emergency surgery to remove glass shards from his heart and lungs. He also had severe lacerations to his face. In all, over 50 stitches were required to close the wounds Sgt. Pabon inflicted upon Payne that day.

In spite of Payne almost being killed by Pabon’s actions, the New York District Attorney decided he should face no charges because the window already had a crack in it and he was wearing a Magical Suit at the he committed aggravated assault against a handcuffed teenager. The supposed justification for the potentially deadly act of child abuse was that Payne was “mouthing off to the officers.

Earlier this week, it was announced that after an internal disciplinary hearing Sgt. Pabon’s ultimate “punishment” will be to lose five whole days of vacation. Reportedly, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Trials Nancy Ryan recommended the five day penalty because she felt that pushing someone isn’t as bad as punching or kicking someone. Because you know if you or I came within inches of killing someone they would obviously say, “well at least he didn’t kick him” and give us a moderately painful slap on the wrist as punishment.

Not surprisingly, Payne’s family and lawyer were not too happy with the decision.

Via the New York Daily News:

The Bronx NYPD sergeant who shoved a handcuffed teen into a store window — shattering the glass and critically injuring the youth — was docked five vacation days, a penalty his lawyer called an “outrage” in light of a Daily News report about another cop punished more harshly for criticizing the mayor on video.

Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton in May signed off on the penalty against Sgt. Eliezer Pabon, who was found guilty of using excessive force against then-14-year-old Javier Payne at an administrative trial, police sources said.

But the disciplinary action was shrouded in secrecy because it came after the NYPD reversed a decades-long policy of providing the media the results of disciplinary actions taken against police officers.

Word of Pabon’s punishment comes a day after The News reported that Bronx Officer Joseph Spina was docked eight vacation days for an April incident in which he was caught on video trashing the mayor while giving a driver a summons…

“Javier and his mother are outraged,” the attorney said. “You penalize one police officer for merely stating something verbally and you give him eight vacation days and another one who has been found guilty by a tribunal of using excessive force and nearly killing this young man — you’re giving him five days.

“What’s the public to think — that it’s worse for a cop to complain about his bosses than it is to lay his hands on people and use excessive force?” he added.

Payne and a friend were busted on Arthur Ave. in May 2014 for allegedly punching a man in the face after asking him for a cigarette.

Payne was handcuffed and apparently mouthing off when Pabon was seen on security surveillance video pushing him into the front window of Hookah Spot, a 24-hour convenience store.

The shattered glass nearly killed Payne. His lung was punctured and shards of glass had to be removed from near his heart.

“He had to be rushed into surgery,” Rynecki said. “It literally almost took his life.”

Of course, the public should at this point already be aware that police have free rein to attack and even murder citizens, but even those Heroes cannot be allowed to challenge their own political overlords. Throwing a mere mortal through a window in no way compares to disrespecting the hierarchy of government. The lives of “the public” are expendable. The precious system that ensures that remains the case isn’t.

NYPD Civil Asset Forfeiture Thefts Have Spurred Federal Class Action Lawsuit

NYPD Civil Asset Forfeiture Lawsuit
As everyone in the world (and several other parts of the galaxy) knows, civil asset forfeiture laws are essentially a license to steal for police departments. Without any real or substantial evidence being required, members of the Gang in Blue are given the opportunity to snatch cash and other valuables from citizens not affiliated with the mafia family they work for.

Even if those that have had their money and/or property stolen are never convicted or even charged with a crime, it’s very difficult and sometimes impossible for them to get those possessions back. Not only is there no legal burden for the government to prove what they stole was derived from illegal activity, victims of their thievery are instead forced to prove a negative and show that it wasn’t.

There’s no shortage of examples of innocent motorists being preyed upon by Road Pirates, many times based on nothing except the fact that they have out of state license plates. Sometimes, it’s just a crime of opportunity and nothing more. I.E. some very minor “infraction” is spotted by a Revenue Generator and they use that as a pretense to pull a driver over when the true and sole purpose is just to troll for something worth stealing.

The other common source of forfeiture plunder is even more problematic. Along with that license to steal comes a license to kill during drug raids. Once those Drug Warriors suit up in their military gear, strap on their military weapons, and climb into their military vehicles, even babies sleeping in their cribs and innocent neighbors aren’t safe. But that money ain’t gonna steal itself and drugs aren’t gonna disappear from evidence lockers by them self. You know how the old saying about omelets go: sometimes you gotta murder an innocent, 92 year old woman and then plant drugs at her house if you wanna steal her money.

Civil Asset Forfeiture CashOver the years, the for-profit policing methods spurred by the advent of asset seizure laws have been so lucrative that many police departments, especially those in small otherwise crime free communities, have come to derive a good percentage, if not the majority, of their budgets from a combination of forfeiture theft and speedtrap/checkpoint revenue (the latter often overlapping with the former). As was reported by CopBlock Network contributor Asa Jay last week, the Road Pirates in Oklahoma have even come up with a way of stealing money from debit cards recently.

Obviously, New York is a big enough city to have other ways of stealing from citizens beyond relying solely on the police to shake people down directly. However, the world’s seventh largest army, otherwise known as the NYPD, does its share of fleecing people within that city, too. After all, when you have access to what amounts to free money, why not take advantage? (Outside of ethical reasons, which they constantly prove aren’t an issue for them.)

In fact, they have a pretty elaborate system and a set of co-conspirators within the District Attorney’s office working to ensure that people don’t get their money and property back once police find an excuse to grab it. The Bronx Defenders, a law firm that has filed a class action lawsuit against the NYPD on behalf of the victims of asset forfeiture within the city has detailed just how their scheme works within the suit and it’s really pretty simple.

Via the New York Daily News:

“They have set up such a complicated process that some people give up and never get their property back,” said lead attorney Molly Kovel of The Bronx Defenders.

Kaleb Hagis, one of the new plaintiffs, said cops seized his car, $2,932 in cash and four cell phones when he was arrested in Sept. 2015. His vehicle was returned in December, but he is still fighting to get the phones and cash — even though charges against him were dropped in March.

He said the Bronx District Attorney’s office has refused to issue release forms necessary for the NYPD property clerk to hand over the items…

After putting in a request to the NYPD property clerk for the items, an individual has 270 days to get a release form from the district attorney.

After that deadline, the NYPD can “dispose” of the property.

“My case was dismissed,” said plaintiff Kenneth Clavasquin, whose phone was seized when he was arrested in June of last year. “I don’t understand why I can’t get my phone back from the city!”

The original plaintiff, Victor Encarnacion, said he only received his phone taken during his November 2014 arrest after the lawsuit was filed earlier this year and seveal months after his case was dismissed.

Requests by his attorneys were ignored, according to the complaint. During a Sept. 2015 visit to the DA’s office with his attorney, Encarnacion was told he could not get a release.

It’s a good racket if you can run it. After you steal people’s property you give them a limited amount of time to get it back before you are allowed to “dispose” of it. Then you get your friends at the DA’s office to stonewall them until that time runs out. Robbing banks is for amateurs.

Fortunately for them, the guy who gets to decide whether they have to stop stealing people’s money is also on the same payroll as them. More than likely, at worst their robed co-worker will just make it just a little bit more difficult for them to snatch people’s stuff.

John Oliver, of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” explains civil forfeiture laws

NYPD Costs Taxpayers Over $66 Million Dollars After Six People Wrongfully Imprisoned For Murder

Four men and one woman have accepted a settlement offer after being released for a 1995 murder they didn’t commit. Each of them had served 18 years in prison due to “unethical tactics” by NYPD detectives, including coaching witnesses, breaking the rules for photo lineups, and withholding video evidence that would have contradicted a major witness.

The “Soundview Five” will receive $40 million dollars collectively from New York taxpayers in this settlement. Previously, they had received $19.45 million in another settlement over the wrongful convictions. In addition, the estate of a sixth person also falsely convicted, who has since died, received a $6.89 million settlement. All told, the totals for all three settlements equal $66.34 million that the NYPD will be forcing the citizens of New York State to pay.

Via the New York Daily News:

The city settled lawsuits Thursday brought by five wrongly convicted people who spent nearly two decades in prison, agreeing to pay out $40 million — one of the largest such amounts in city history.

The four men and one woman were wrongly identified as the killers in two 1995 murders, at least one of which was linked to a vicious gang in the Soundview section of the Bronx called “Sex Money Murder.”

The quintet was dubbed the “Soundview Five,” a reference to the high-profile Central Park Five who settled their lawsuits with the city for $41 million in 2014, after being wrong convicted of beating and raping a jogger in 1989.

The Soundview Five were released in 2012 and 2013 after new evidence surfaced that the real killers had confessed to one of the murders. Before Thursday’s agreement, they had previously settled with the state in the Court of Claims for a separate $19.45 million.

Earl Ward of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady and Julia Kuan of Romano & Kuan, the lawyers for Perez and Michael Cosme, another member of the quintet, issued a joint statement Thursday.

“So many lives were ruined by the shoddy, flawed, and unconstitutional police work that no amount of money could ever compensate our clients for their lost years,” the statement said. “But the settlement reaffirms what they have been saying for 20 years — ‘We are Innocent!’ ”

Perez, Cosme, Cathy Watkins, Eric Glisson and Devon Ayers were just starting their lives when they were arrested by police for the murders of a cab driver and a Federal Express executive in the Bronx in 1995.

Glisson, Vasquez, Ayers and Cosme knew each other from the neighborhood, but Perez and Watkins didn’t know any of them. Watkins didn’t even live in the Bronx.

Cops used unethical tactics to build their case against the quintet, including coaching witnesses on what to say and violating rules for photo lineups, Ward said. He said police also withheld a security video that would have undermined a key witness’s testimony.

“These suits were brought by people who together spent nearly one hundred years in prison, whose convictions were vacated by the Court after reviews by federal and local prosecutors,” a city Law Department spokesman said. “The parties have agreed to resolve these longstanding and complex cases through settlements we believe are fair and in the best interests of the city.”

All five were convicted and got life sentences, but they never gave up trying to get someone to listen to their pleas of innocence. They wrote letter after letter after letter to everyone they could think of.

In 2012, the convictions began to collapse when Glisson wrote a letter to an investigator with the U.S. Attorney’s office. That investigator, John O’Malley, read the letter and recalled that when two of the gang members agreed to cooperate years earlier, they admitted to killing the cabbie.

“He told us that when he read the letter, it sent shivers up his spine because he realized two people he had spoken to years earlier had confessed to the crime,” Ward said.

O’Malley provided an affidavit to the court, and the Bronx District Attorney eventually agreed not to oppose their release. The quintet then filed suit.

Perez, who was knifed in prison in 2003, said he clung to his faith to survive the long ordeal.

“I cried every day for 18 years,” he said. “You have that faith that someday you will be free. One day.”

Of course, there’s nothing in the article about the punishment the cops and prosecutors who ruined these six people’s lives will (not) be receiving for the “shoddy, flawed, and unconstitutional police work” that sent them to prison for 18 years each, even though they were completely innocent. Not surprisingly, the taxpayers will be the only ones being punished for that.

Drunk NYPD Officer Celebrated Winning Bravery Award by Breaking Into House, Assaulting Woman

Within hours of the ceremony in which he received an award for bravery, NYPD Officer Officer Eugene Donnelly got blackout drunk and broke into a woman’s house, then assaulted her multiple times and drank milk from her refrigerator before “scampering off.” It’s not actually clear from the report if Officer Donnelly was wearing the Police Combat Cross that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio had awarded him earlier in the day, but apparently at the time of the assault he had stripped down to just a pair of black boxer shorts.

In an interesting (and by “interesting,” I mean laughably ridiculous) defense, Ofc. Donnelly’s lawyer claimed earlier this week that he wasn’t actually drunk, but instead was sleepwalking when he forced his way into the woman’s house and repeatedly punched her in the head. Michael Marinaccio maintains that his client suffers from PTSD and sleep disorders that, conveniently enough, stem from the shooting for which he was given the award for that day. It’s also fairly possible that this was just an attempt by Marinaccio to get started on the annual April Fools Day tradition a few days early.

According to the New York Daily News:

“Our report shows that it wasn’t an alcoholic blackout. It was sleepwalking,” lawyer Michael Marinaccio said after Officer Eugene Donnelly appeared in Bronx Supreme Court, where he faces misdemeanor assault and burglary charges.

Prosecutors say a drunken Donnelly, 27, roughed up his victim after barging into her Woodlawn apartment in June 2014 wearing only his underwear.

The alleged attack took place hours after Mayor de Blasio presented the officer with the Police Combat Cross, the NYPD’s second-highest honor, for his bravery in arresting a teen gunman after a wild Bronx gunfight in May 2012.

“On the best day of this guy’s life, he does something so out of character,” the lawyer said.

NYPD Officer Eugene Donnelly

NYPD Officer Eugene Donnelly

“Can we at least consider the possibility that something else is going on here?”

Donnelly’s victim wasn’t buying it.

“It took them over a year to come up with this defense,” the 32-year-old told the Daily News. “It’s ridiculous. He’s grasping at straws.”

The woman told police that the officer, clad in black boxer shorts, pounced on her and punched her up to 20 times.

He then allegedly wandered into her kitchen and gulped down milk from her refrigerator before scampering off.

Marinaccio said a doctor has diagnosed the cop with post-traumatic stress disorder and various sleep disorders, dating back to the 2012 shooting.

Prosecutors have found their own doctors and plan to test Donnelly and his alleged sleepwalking in the coming weeks.

In a 2014 interview with prosecutors, Donnelly said he didn’t initially report the incident because he thought it was a dream, court papers show.

Donnelly also admitted that the 2012 shootout led him to fall off the wagon after he achieved sobriety following a long battle with alcoholism.

His lawyer told the Daily News that Donnelly’s sleep issues developed after he was momentarily removed from his command while his superiors investigated the 2012 shoot-out.

“The sleepwalking is just a manifestation of a broader sleep disorder,” Marinaccio said.

It would be easy to make a joke about cops being so accomplished at beating people that they can even do it in their sleep. Additionally, I could point out how uncouth and lacking in basic manners it is to drink milk that other people also intend to drink straight out of the carton. However, I’m going to take the high road here and just say that Officer Donnelly and his lawyer are both full of massive amounts of shit and probably should receive some sort of award for excelling at being bald-faced liars. And point out that Donnelly is a drunken, abusive scumbag, as well.

New York Cop Beat Up 8th Grader Who Stopped His Son From Bullying Another Kid

We already know from previous stories on the CopBlock Network that bullying runs in the family for cops and, of course that cops have no problem being physically abusive even when their victims are children. However, this is a case of a cop going above and beyond his heroic duty of beating school children by actually encouraging his son to assault another child and then personally attacking a 13 year old student that broke up that fight while off duty.

Via ABC 7 NY:

The incident apparently happened on a school campus in the Bronx. It turns out the victim was trying to break up another fight.

13-year-old Justin Harris claims he was not only attacked by a classmate, but that the student’s dad, an MTA police officer, allegedly joined in.

The eighth grader says it started after he tried to defend another student from the alleged bully at Bronx Mathematics Prep School.

“He punched him really hard; he had Ruben on top of my son hitting him in the head. He said to his son, ‘Draw blood,'” said Sean Harris, the victim’s father.

Under the advice of their lawyer Sanford Rubenstein, Justin did not make a statement rather his father Sean Harris explained what happened Thursday afternoon after the school day ended.

“He had to lacerations on his arms, scratches, on his back where he punched him there was a bruise,” Harris said.

“What this family wants is for this Port Authority police officer to be held accountable for what he did,” Rubenstein said.

The off-duty MTA Bridges and Tunnels police officer was arrested and charged with assault.

The 36-year-old Ruben Caraballo turned himself in at the 43 Precinct Friday.

In spite of the enthusiasm the Harris’ lawyer displays in the video below for the accountability that “anyone of any profession faces,” the reality is that cops get away with abusing (or even murdering) children on a pretty regular basis. That includes their own children where the Good Cops they work with often look the other way. Even more so than that, they pretty much have free reign to beat and otherwise abuse children as part of their job. In fact, it could easily be argued that the only reason Caraballo actually got arrested was because he wasn’t wearing his magical uniform and on the clock at the time.