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Michael Mineo Raped by Cops

Posted by shadmia on December 11, 2008

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Michael Mineo, 24, was spotted allegedly smoking pot by 3 police officers. They tried to approach him. He ran. He fled into the Prospect Park subway station and jumped a turnstile. The cops chased him and caught him. He was handcuffed and pinned down. The cops then proceeded to remove his pants. Two of them held down Mineo while the other one, using his baton, sodomized Mineo as he screamed out in pain.

They ignored Mineo’s complaints, even after he showed them his hand covered with blood from the sodomy attack. He was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and released, but not before being warned by the cops that if he ever reported the rape he would be charged with a felony.

Michael Mineo, a tattoo artist from Brooklyn, did report the rape. His case was taken to a grand jury which interviewed more than 20 witnesses and examined physical evidence of injuries to Mineo’s rectal area.

“I was violated by police, and I feel like they’re going to be brought to justice,” Mineo said after he testified. “I’m not the same. I’m not the same me. I was violated by police.”

Mineo was hospitalized two times with what sources described as “rectal tears” as a result of the assault.

Andrew MoralesRichard KernAlex Cruz

One cop – Kevin Maloney –  who had knowledge of the rape came forward and identified Officer Richard Kern, 25, as the cop who used his baton to sodomize Mineo. He also identified Officers Alex Cruz, 26 and Andrew Morales, 26, as the cops who helped restrain Mineo. Another officer, Noel Jugraj, 30, who was also on the scene gave testimony. Kern, Cruz, Morales and Jugraj are all from Brooklyn’s 71st Precinct. Kevin Maloney is a transit officer.

After hearing all the evidence the grand jury concluded that Officer Richard Kern should be tried for sexual assault and other felonies in the Oct. 15 attack on Mineo. Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were also indicted for allegedly participating in a cover up.

Michael Mineo expressed gratitude to the transit cop, Kevin Maloney, for breaking the so-called Blue Wall of silence and telling the grand jury what happened.

“I do appreciate him coming forward,” he said. “I’d like to thank him.”

Michael Mineo was at the arraignment for the three indicted cops and was taunted by other cops, who had come to show their support. He got into a standoff with some plainclothes officers who called him a faggot. Mineo’s response – He clapped sarcastically and blew them kisses.

Alex Cruz, Andrew Morales, Richard Kern

Richard Kern faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of aggravated sexual abuse and assault. He was freed on $15,000 bail. Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and obstructing justice. They face four years in prison if convicted and were freed without bond.

Police union chief Patrick Lynch urged the public to withhold judgment until all the facts are in.

“We have earned the benefit of a doubt with our blood and sacrifice,” Lynch said.

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