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article imageFBI agents arrest NYPD cop on charges of civil rights violations

By Shawn Kay     Oct 8, 2011 in Crime
Brooklyn - A New York City police officer was arrested this past Wednesday morning by FBI agents on charges of civil rights violations after he allegedly pepper-sprayed two patrons without cause at a bar in Brooklyn.
New York City Police Department officer Admir Kacamakovic was arrested this past Wednesday morning by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on charges of civil rights violations stemming from a 2008 incident in which the officer is alleged to have assaulted and pepper sprayed a patron during a dispute at a bar in Brooklyn.
The incident in question occurred on July 5, 2008, at a bar owned by Kacamakovic's cousin, and was triggered by a dispute over a parking space in front of the premises.
Kacamakovic, who was on duty at the time and in full police uniform, assaulted the bar patron and then handcuffed him without any criminal charge. The officer also sprayed the victim and another patron with his NYPD-issued pepper-spray during the incident.
According to a complaint filed by Brooklyn federal prosecutors with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Kacamakovic shouted during his rampage
No one f***s with my cousin's bar.
The complaint against officer Kacamakovic can be read in full on the FBI's official website.
After the incident, the victim filed a complaint against Kacamakovic with the NYPD's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and then a civil suit in state court, alleging the officer used his official position to make unauthorized queries of the FBI's national computer database for the purposes of keeping tabs on him.
Federal authorities also say Kacamakovic accessed the FBI's national computer database in order to furnish information to his cousin, who at the time was being investigated for narcotics trafficking and other crimes.
The officer used the NYPD's computer system to access the federal database and run names through the system to verify several Virginia drivers' license that had been furnished to the officer's cousin by FBI agents working undercover.
According to the federal complaint, the officer's cousin intended to sell the drivers' licenses to illegal aliens and other criminal associates.
Kacamakovic, 31, has served with the NYPD for seven years and was assigned to the 62nd Police Precinct in Brooklyn. The New York Post reports that upon his arrest by FBI agents, Kacamakovic was suspended from duty by the NYPD without pay.
He was arraigned this past Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court.
Kacamakovic's unidentified cousin has also been arrested by the FBI and charged with narcotics trafficking and other federal offenses.
In speaking on the case of officer Kacamakovic, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (New York Field Office) Janice Fedarcyk was quoted in the federal complaint as having said
The public trusts the police not only to enforce the law, but to obey it. This is a responsibility that should be taken seriously. As alleged in the complaint, this officer repeatedly used his position to intimidate others, including beat downs and violence, as well as accessing sensitive information that could have jeopardized undercover investigations, all for personal gain. The FBI will continue to investigate those in public positions who engage in corrupt activities.
While Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for New York's Eastern District, issued equally strong words herself that came across as a warning of sorts to rouge NYPD officers as much as they did a reaffirming of a commitment of duty to the people of New York
This prosecution demonstrates that the arbitrary and unjustified use of force and the abuse of trust by police officers who are sworn to uphold the law will not be tolerated.
Kacamakovic has been charged with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts involving civil rights violations and unauthorized use of a federal law enforcement database. If convicted of all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 17 years’ imprisonment.
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