A New York City police officer accused of forcibly shoving a police baton into a Brooklyn (New York City)" id="PLGEO100100802010000">Brooklyn man's rectum as he was being searched on a subway platform will be indicted on charges of aggravated assault on Tuesday, according to the accuser's attorney.
Stephen C. Jackson, attorney for Michael Mineo, 24, said in a telephone
interview on Sunday that a Brooklyn grand jury has voted to indict
Police Officer Richard Kern, 25, on charges of aggravated assault.
The indictment is expected to be unsealed on Tuesday. A spokesperson
for the Brooklyn District Attorney's office declined to comment.
Mineo accused the four police officers of pinning him down and shoving
what was initially believed to be a radio antenna into his rectum as he
was being searched by police while inside the Prospect Park subway
Officer Kevin Maloney, a transit cop, reportedly testified during the
grand jury proceedings that he witnessed Kern shove a baton into
Mineo's exposed buttocks. Maloney is not facing any charges.
Mineo called in to the Al Sharpton" id="PERLL000236">Rev. Al Sharpton's
radio address at the Action Network News headquarters in Harlem on
Sunday. "I am pleased about the news and I thank the officer for coming
forward," he said, "as well as the community and Rev. Sharpton for
believing me when many questioned whether I was telling the truth."