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Doctor Testimony Supports Alleged Assault Victim's Claims

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A Brookdale Hospital doctor testified Tuesday that the man who alleges that he was assaulted by a city police officer in a Brooklyn subway station while two other officers looked on, had injuries to support his claim.

Taking the stand in the trial against the three officers, Dr. Sayed Ahmed said that he was supervising the shift when Michael Mineo came in for treatment following the alleged incident in which Mineo claims he was sodomized.

Ahmed said that Mineo came to the hospital with an anal tear and bruising to the pelvis area. He said that Mineo was in pain and had a high white cell blood count, signaling inflammation and a possible infection.

Ahmed said he never actually examined Mineo, but he did look at his medical records.

An attorney for Officer Alex Cruz, who is accused of covering up the alleged attack, jumped on this point.

"I think [I brought out the] truth that he never examined him, that there's strong indication that there was a pre-existing infection in his system prior to the three hours before [the incident]," said Cruz's attorney Stuart London.

The defense claims that Mineo had a pre-existing medical condition that he made worse.

But the doctor said Tuesday that Mineo's injuries could not have been self-inflicted.

Attorney: Could this wound or injury have been self-inflicted?

Ahmed: It's highly unlikely.

On Wednesday, prosecutors are also expected to present evidence that Mineo's DNA was found on Officer Richard Kern's collapsible baton.

During Tuesday's proceedings, a transit officer supported Mineo's accusation that Kern used the baton to sodomize him inside a Prospect Park subway station in October 2008.

Kern is charged with sexual assault and abuse.

Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales have been charged with reckless endangerment and hindering prosecution.

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