The man accused of shooting a New York City Police Department officer in the head last month entered a not guilty plea Monday in a Brooklyn court.
Luis Ortiz, 21, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder of a police officer, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police say Ortiz shot officer Kevin Brennan, 29, in the base of the skull as he was being chased at the Bushwick Houses in East Williamsburg on January 31.
Brennan spent more than a week in the hospital and was released after what doctors say was a miraculous recovery.
While in court, Ortiz appeared in his orange correction jumpsuit and had his lawyer ask the judge whether he could wear regular clothes for his next court date.
The judge agreed.
"As you saw in this courtroom today, the concern of the arrogance of this mope, was what he'd wear to court. Personally, we feel orange suits him and he should stay in that jumpsuit," said PBA President Pat Lynch.
"Just because the intended victim was a police officer, he is to be treated worse? I think that's wrong, and it's a sad comment on the system," said Ortiz's attorney, Eric Poulos.
Officer Brennan, who has been promoted to detective-investigator, was in the court room for the arraignment.
If convicted on the attempted murder charge, Ortiz could face life in prison.
His next court appearance is set for April 16.