April 20, 2016 Staff Report
Two NYPD detectives have been charged with assault after allegedly beating up a uniformed postal worker in Corona last year.
The assault made headlines last year when the postal worker, 26-year-old Karim Baker, alleged that he was targeted by the cops after he inadvertently gave directions to Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who went on to murder NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in December 2014.
Charges state that Pampena and Carbone approached Baker on the evening of Oct. 21, 2015, just after he got into his parked car in Corona, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. While Baker was seated in his vehicle, the two detectives allegedly punched and kicked him multiple times in his face and body and then dragged him onto the sidewalk, causing serious injuries.
Pampena also allegedly filed a false criminal complaint stating that Baker had been parked directly in front of a fire hydrant. Video evidence refuted this claim, according to Brown.
Pampena is charged with second- and third-degree assault, second-degree perjury, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. Carbone is charged with second- and third-degree assault.
If convicted, both defendants face up to seven years in prison.
Both detectives are suspended without pay, according to the NYPD. The NYPD referred all other questions to Brown’s office.
Neither defendants’ lawyer could be reached for comment as of press time.