The warm glow of admiration felt by the whole country for the New York Police Department after the heroism of September 11 has faded markedly during Bloomberg’s interminable reign, dulled by accusations of corruption, apathy, and abusiveness. But it’s not as if law-breaking cops are never punished:
A cop who falsely claimed that a Sheepshead Bay [Brooklyn] man tried to run him down in a car was sentenced to four days in prison [with no probation afterward] — only one day more than his victim was locked up based on the officer’s bogus charges.
Officer Diego Palacios pleaded guilty at a hearing [last] Thursday in Brooklyn Supreme Court in exchange for a sentence of four days and his resignation from the New York City Police Department, the District Attorney’s office told Sheepshead Bites.
His victim, John Hockenjos, now fears for his safety.
Palacios arrested Hockenjos in February 2012, saying on a police report that Hockenjos drove his car at “a high rate of speed” towards the officer in an attempt to hit him, forcing him “to jump out of the way.” Hockenjos was charged with felony reckless endangerment and spent three days behind bars before making bail.
Fortunately, surveillance video proved that Palacios was lying, sparing Hockenjos from a potential seven years in prison. Not so fortunately, he still lives in the precinct. Despite Palacios’s remarkably light sentence for breaking a long list of laws, the department is bound to be annoyed, and Bloomberg’s NYC is not a safe place to annoy the police.
The bigger government gets, the less its agents can be trusted.
On a tip from Sean C.