A New York City Police officer has been charged with a federal civil rights violation after prosecutors said he used a racial slur while bragging that he had falsely charged a black man with resisting arrest. The man was detained last spring in Staten Island as part of the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy.
“I fried another nigger, ” NYPD officer Michael Daragjati, 32, can be heard saying in a phone conversation intercepted by federal authorities. Additionally, Daragjati is charged with orchestrating the violent beatdown and extortion of another victim he suspected of stealing a snowplow from his off-duty contracting business.
Daragjati swore out a criminal complaint falsely asserting the man had pushed and kicked him and “flailed” his arms to prevent being arrested.
Several other officers had witnessed the arrest, in which the man offered no resistance. The victim later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on the advice of his lawyer.
There is no explanation why Daragjati stopped the man, who had been walking on the street with his hands in his pockets at 9:30 p.m.