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