NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Criminal Civil Rights Violation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office October 15, 2012|
Admir Kacamakovic, an eight-year veteran of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), pleaded guilty today to willfully violating the civil rights of a Brooklyn resident by illegally detaining and handcuffing him. As a consequence of these acts, Kacamakovic’s victim sustained bodily injury in the form of scarring on his wrist. The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge William F. Kuntz, II, at the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn. As part of his plea agreement, Kacamakovic will resign from the NYPD and will not apply for a job in law enforcement in the future.
The guilty plea was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Mary Galligan, Acting Assistant Director in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office; and Raymond W. Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department.
As admitted by Kacamakovic at the plea proceeding, while on duty, Kacamakovic intervened in a traffic dispute that occurred in Brooklyn. When one of the men involved in the dispute confronted Kacamakovic and said he was going to file a complaint against the officer, Kacamakovic, without justification, handcuffed and detained the victim and, in the process, injured the victim.
“The defendant criminally abused the authority and public trust conferred on him by his status as a police officer,” stated United States Attorney Lynch. “Employing his badge, he subjected his victim to unlawful detention and injury. He has been held to account for his criminal acts and will not have the opportunity to repeat them.” Ms. Lynch extended her grateful appreciation to the FBI and NYPD, the agencies responsible for leading the government’s investigation.
FBI Acting Assistant Director in Charge Galligan stated, “A police officer who abuses his authority by falsely detaining and physically injuring a civilian inflicts broader damage. He undermines public trust in those sworn to protect and serve. The admitted conduct of this defendant is an affront to civil society and the dedicated men and women who safeguard it.”
Kacamakovic faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment when sentenced.
The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Warren.