Updated 10/25/2008 04:15 PM
Police Deny Subway Sodomy Allegation
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The NYPD denied allegations Friday that officers sexually assaulted a man in a Brooklyn subway station last week.
The Brooklyn District Attorney's office and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating claims by a man who says he was beaten and sodomized with a police radio antenna.
Michael Mineo's attorneys claim their 24-year-old client was assaulted at the Prospect Park station along the B and Q lines on October 15.
Attorneys say five police officers knocked down Mineo near the token booths.
"One of the officers placed a knee behind his neck," said Stephen Jackson, one of Mineo's attorneys. "Another pinned him down and another officer reached onto his belt and removed his walkie-talkie and repeatedly and viciously put the walkie-talkie into the rectum of Mr. Mineo."
Mineo told his lawyers he heard one of the officers try to intervene but the attack continued, leaving him humiliated and in a lot of pain. He also said that after he was assaulted, police wrote him a ticket for disorderly conduct.
"They gave him a disorderly conduct ticket and said, Don't go to any authorities, don't go to any hospital. If you do, we will arrest you again,'" said Kevin Mosley, another of Mineo's lawyers.
His attorneys say Mineo's injuries landed him in the hospital for several days. He was unable to attend his job in a Downtown Brooklyn tattoo parlor.
"I just know he was in a great deal of pain and he didn't deserve none of this. He is a very good person," said Mineo's friend Eduardo Diaz.
The police department released a statement which reads in part, "Police officers grappled with an individual who they observed smoking marijuana after he had fled and resisted being handcuffed. His assertion that he was sodomized is not supported by independent civilian witnesses on the scene."
Medical records from Brookdale University Medical Center indicate doctors diagnosed Mineo as suffering an anal assault.
He was discharged on October 19 but his attorneys say he was hospitalized again Friday.
According to the Associated Press, a law enforcement official says many initial details are casting doubt on Mineo's claims.
Police contend the sodomy claims are unsubstantiated according to witnesses.
The accusations bring to mind the 1997 case of Abner Louima, who was beaten and sodomized with a broomstick in a police station house in one of the most notorious cases of brutality in the NYPD's history.