An NYPD officer was charged on Monday with misdemeanor assault and witness intimidation after he allegedly attacked a man in Coney Island in July and went after him again a day later, acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced.
Police Officer O’Keefe Thompson was assigned to Coney Island’s 60th precinct on July 8 when he allegedly threw 23-year-old Raymond Crespo against a door at a bodega near Mermaid Avenue and West 32nd Street and dragged him onto a sidewalk. The incident allegedly started after Crespo failed to pick up a plastic cup that his friend knocked to the ground, authorities said.
Thompson then allegedly grabbed Crespo, who was motionless by this point, and dragged him further before dropping him to the ground. The incident was caught on surveillance video, the DA said.
The next day Crespo was transported to Coney Island Hospital after he woke up with swelling to his face and a headache. He was treated for bruises to the face and a possible concussion, authorities said, and he filed a complaint against Thompson upon his departure from the hospital.
At 2:30 a.m. on July 9, Thompson allegedly went to Crespo’s neighborhood to find him, and once he located him he said, “Why are you shi**ing on my name? Do you know what I’m going to do to you?” Bystanders allegedly had to push him away from the victim — another incident that was caught on surveillance video.
Thompson was arraigned on Monday and faces up to one and 1/3 to four years in prison. He was charged with one count of intimidating a witness, two counts of third-degree assault, and two counts of official misconduct. He was released and ordered to return to court on Nov. 29. Read more from the District Attorney’s office here.