Thursday, a Queens postman claimed in his court testimony that two New York Police Department cops allegedly terrorized and brutally assaulted him.
On the stand, Karim Barker testified that he was brutally assualted by NYPD officers, reported NY Daily News. He told the court that they beat him badly because they said he gave directions to a cop killer.
Barker insists he had no idea the man was planning to kill cops. He declared:
“I won’t ever be the same.”
The NYPD officers being accused of beating Karim Barker are:
- Officer Robert Carbone
- Officer Angelo Pampena
According to Barker, Carbone and Pampena said he gave directions to the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to Ismaaiyl Brinsley. NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered there by Brinsley later.
Barker testified that Pampena and Carbone approached him because he was parked too close to a fire hydrant. One officer demanded identification from Barker, while another claimed that he could smell pot on him.
“Then they started punching me, kicking me, reaching for my phone,” Barker said. “They were just fighting me defenseless. When they got me out of the car, the beating just got way more brutal… I remember seeing myself being kicked in the face… They just started viciously beating me.”
Barker maintains that NYPD officers stopped him at least 20 times after he gave the directions to Brinsley. He added that the event so traumatized him that he was unable to keep his job at Fed Ex.
“I can’t interact with my son, my nieces and nephews the way I used to. I can’t pick up my son to play with him,” he said.
James Moschella, a lawyer for the officers, argued that the cops were right to approach him because they found liquid marijuana in his car.
Pampena and Carbone face up to seven years in prison if they are convicted.
The NYPD could not be reached for comment.