NYPD cop busted by FBI agents on civil rights charges

Posted Oct 25, 2011 by Shawn Kay
An NYPD officer was arrested by FBI agents last week on Staten Island on civil rights violations after arresting a black man this past April on trumped up charges. The officer later used a racial epithet in describing the innocent man to a friend.
NYPD officers standing in front of a Mobile Command Post at 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Midtown Ma...
NYPD officers standing in front of a Mobile Command Post at 5th Avenue and 59th Street in Midtown Manhattan near the entrance to Central Park.
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Michael Daragjati, 32, a veteran New York City police officer was arrested last Monday by special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to a criminal compliant unsealed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, Daragjati is alleged to have violated the civil rights of an unnamed 31 year-old black man when he stopped and frisked him on April 15 in Stapleton, a suburban neighborhood on Staten Island.
Daragjati, who is white, was on plainclothes police patrol with a partner that day when he stopped the man and roughly frisked him but found no weapons, drugs or contraband. The man, incensed at the treatment shouted insults at Daragjati which prompted the now angry officer to arrest him.
After arresting his victim, Daragjati took the man to the 120th precinct and filed a false police report in Richmond County Criminal Court. In that report the officer leveled a series of trumped up charges against the man that included resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. Daragjati also falsely claims that the man kicked and frailed during the arrest.
According to the federal criminal compliant, Daragjati told his victim that he would have let him go "but that [he] really did not like being disrespected."
It is widely believed that the officer was following the NYPD's highly controversial stop-and-frisk policy when he confronted his victim.
The policy, which allows an officer to stop-and-frisk an individual upon suspicion that a crime is about to occur, is defended by the NYPD leadership as an important crime fighting tool. However, that same policy has been widely condemned by civil libertarians nationally because officers tend to use it overwhelmingly to single out young African-American and Latino men to be searched.
Noel Leader, a spokesman for 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care told AM New York, a local publication, that the NYPD needs to re-examine it's stop-and-frisk policy.
As for Daragjati and other corrupt cops like him, Leader was quoted as saying
Lock them up. That would send a chilling message to stop the abuses.
100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care is a nationally acclaimed civil rights group that has frequently spoken out against NYPD misconduct over the past few decades. The group's membership is largely comprised of African-American officers of various ranks, units and duties within the NYPD.
Rogue Officer's Racist Comments; Target Of FBI Probe
Days after the false arrest by the rogue officer, the FBI intercepted and recorded numerous text messages and calls from Daragjati, including one in which he is heard bragging about the false arrest to a female friend.
Another n----- fried, no big deal.
The woman is heard in the recording responding to Daragati's statement and use of a racial epithet with laughter.
In yet another phone call intercepted and recorded as evidence by FBI agents, Daragjati is discussing the difficulty of loading a motorcycle into the high bed of a pick-up truck and suggests that his friend
pile some n-----s up and drive it over them
At the time of Daragjati's false April arrest of the man, he was being investigated by the FBI for extortion, insurance fraud and the beating of a man suspected of stealing a snow-plow from a side business he owned.
Daragjati was charged with those crimes as well as civil rights violations in relation to the false arrest.
The officer appeared in court last week but did not enter a plea. A judge also denied to set bail for Daragjati. The rogue officer is currently being held in protective custody at a detention center by federal authorities.
Daragjati has been an officer with the NYPD since 2003 and was assigned to an anti-crime task force on Staten Island. Anti-crime task force officers regularly conduct police patrols in plainclothes and in unmarked police vehicles.
The NYPD has suspended Daragjati from the police force.
Daragjati faces a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for the civil rights charge. On the other charges, he faces up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine per offense.
He is the second NYPD officer to be arrested by FBI agents this month on charges that include civil rights violations.
Admir Kacamakovic, a Brooklyn NYPD officer was also arrested on charges of civil rights violations earlier this month in relation to a 2008 bar room assault on a patron. Kacmakovic, who was on-duty and in full uniform during the incident used excessive force through the pepper spraying of the man and then unlawfully detained him by handcuffing him even though he had not committed a crime.
Kacamakovic, who is facing further felony charges on the unauthorized use of a federal law enforcement database faces a maximum sentence of 17 years’ imprisonment if convicted at trial.
'Racist' Officer Has Long History Of Falsely Arresting Blacks
Daragjati reportedly has a long history of abusive behavior against blacks on Staten Island.
The New York Post reports that in the past the rogue officer's busts have twice resulted in federal lawsuits charging him with false arrests. One of those lawsuits ended in a $12,500 settlement.
Jared Williams, a senior and former star center fielder for the Wagner College baseball team, had major league dreams that were on the verge of being realized.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Williams says he was being scouted by the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies.
Williams' hard work and dreams of a major league baseball career would end on one tragic night during a chance encounter with officer Daragjati on a Staten Island street in October 2005.
On the night in question, Williams, who was with two other friends, were stopped by Daragjati. Williams reportedly fit the description of a man police were looking for in connection with a bar fight and was arrested.
In his interview with the NY Daily News, Williams said of the Daragjati and the arrest
I feel he [Daragjati] racially profiled me
He further said:
I feel we were the first black people he saw and we got pulled over.
After the arrest Williams' life took a dramatic turn. He was kicked off his college's baseball team as punishment for the arrest and was disqualified from the baseball draft for not playing his senior year.
Williams criminal case was tossed out by a judge and he would later file a lawsuit against the city in federal court for the arrest. The city would eventually settle the federal lawsuit with Williams later receiving $12,500.
But his life was forever changed and dreams of what could have been still haunt him.
Williams who is now a special education school teacher told the NY Daily News
I'm a Christian, so I'm forgiving, but I believe he [Daragjati] should be punished for his actions
He went on to say
It breaks my heart that someone who took an oath to protect and serve is doing this.
The rogue cop was also sued this past July by 33 year-old Theodore Shearin. According to a federal lawsuit, Daragjati arrested him on trespassing charges that were later dismissed by the court on the grounds that they were found to be "baseless."