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NYPD Cop Charged with Civil Rights Violation

October 18, 2011  | 

A New York City police officer has been charged in a federal civil rights complaint that he allegedly used a racial slur when referring to an African-American suspect he had arrested.

NYPD Officer Michael Daragjati, an eight-year veteran, stopped a 31-year-old man on Targee Street in the Stapleton neighborhood on April 15, according to prosecutors.

A search of the man revealed no contraband, but after he complained about his treatment and asked for the officer's badge number, Officer Daragjati arrested him and charged him with resisting arrest.

The next day, the government intercepted a phone call between Officer Daragjati and a female friend in which the officer complained that he had just gotten out of court on the stop-and-frisk case, but that it had been worth the hassle.

"I sat there for a couple of hours by the time I got it all done but, fried another n****r," the officer says on a transcript provided by prosecutors. "What?" The woman asks. Officer Daragjati uses the same phrase and then adds, "no big deal." The woman laughs.

Sources: New York Daily News, Department of Justice

Tags: NYPD, Civil Rights Cases


Comments (7)

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michael @ 10/18/2011 7:11 PM

Not the conduct we want to see from a police officer, but I also have a real problem with "the government intercepted a phone call". Something here sinks big time, It sounds like a movie..........what else is "Big Brother" listening too. This doesn't make me feel safer or secure in my life, I wonder if his last name had anything to do with the government monitoring his phone calls? Very strange....................makes one think.

Morning Eagle @ 10/19/2011 1:42 AM

Must agree with Michael's comments. In addition, the DOJ's Civil Rights Division has become blatantly racist and out of control. African Americans can call other people anything they want to and it is not considered to be any kind of violation. Don't take my word for it. Read the new book "Injustice" Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department by J. Christian Adams, the former DOJ attorney that was handling the New Black Panther voter intimidation case that obama/holder dropped without explanation. Adams resigned in disgust after that action by holder.

iowa cop @ 10/19/2011 6:49 AM

What right did the federal government have to be wire tapping this officers phone?? There has got to be more to this story. And how does a "slur" in a private conversation violate someones civil rights?? The blacks use this term constantly in their conversations and just listed to the (c)rap music!

LegAdv @ 10/19/2011 8:07 AM

My concerns exactly, iowa cop. There's got to be more to this story. What PC was there for the warrant (assuming one was issued) to wiretap this officer's phone? And how would a 'slur' in a private conversation deprive someone of their civil rights under color of law? This really stinks!

Ernest @ 10/19/2011 8:21 AM

Well, I don't know if you people who had commented on this story ever realized what was happening in this country now...but you know now!
Our government has been acting like the STASI ever since 911 - spying on Americans - how many 'real' terrorists have they caught?
Here a private conversation... yes, WHY was the government listening in to this officer - also..why can't he say what he wants on his OWN time? The thought police are going WAY to far in trying to people what and how to think..if you don't like something, you have a RIGHT to say it no matter who might find it distasteful!
Sure, we all want everybody to like one another, but WHO has been pushing this 'tolerance' agenda for the last 40+ years?
They call it 'tolerance', but that only means others have to 'tolerate' what 'they' want, not what 'you' want.
Anyway, it's too much to go into here of course, but the police need to get on the side of the citizens they are supposed to protecting instead of spying and harassing them regarding these issues WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!

cops son @ 10/19/2011 3:23 PM

Reading about this else where I found he was being investigated at the time for insurance fraud and that is why he was being tapped. With the civil rights issue the stories continue to say the convo they caught on tape was evidence the arrest was false. I agree he obviously has a racist outlook with blacks, but I did not see them print anything that showed he made the arrest out of malice? If he did say he arrested the guy on false charges then heck yeah nail him. But if they are presuming this because he used a slur then they are grasping at straws. I love cops but also qhate bad ones.

Tom Ret @ 10/19/2011 4:19 PM

The civil rights charges against the officer are most likely based on trumped up charges against the subject he contacted and not a racial slur he made over the phone which wasn't with the same subject. The slur may add weight to the complaint that the officer's actions were biased. I would agree with others who posted that Holder is corrupt and unethical so anything is possible when it comes to this DOJ.

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