A 30-year-old gay Staten Island man claims he was pulled out of his Staten Island home, thrown to the ground and beaten by four New York police officers responding to an early morning noise complaint.
The officers yelled a number of homophobic slurs at Louis Falcone at 5:30 a.m. on June 19 during what his lawyer Eric Subin described as a “savage beating.”
“These guys are criminals,” Subin said at a press conference Tuesday. “They belong in jail.”
Falcone was never charged and plans to sue the NYPD, the city of New York and the four individual officers for $25 million in federal court in the eastern district of New York for police brutality, excessive force, a 1983 civil rights violation and, as soon as the officers are identified, punitive damages.
Falcone was trying to go back to sleep after getting into a heated verbal argument with his brother Scott when four NYPD officers knocked on his door and asked him to come outside, Subin said. As Falcone explained that he and his brother had gotten into an argument, his dog Looch -- a terrier-pitbull mix -- began to bark.
“Looch was barking and they said, ‘Shut that dog up or I’ll f**ing kill it’ as [the officer] put his hand on his gun,” Falcone said.