Two police officers have been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged assault on a uniformed postal worker and a supposed cover-up of the incident.
Officers Angelo J. Pampena, 31, and Robert A. Carbone, 29, faced charges on Wednesday related to an October 2015 assault on Karim Baker, who was beaten and dragged from his parked vehicle in Corona, Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown announced.
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According to the charges, Pampena and Carbone approached Baker as he was in his parked car and punched and kicked his face and body before pulling him onto the sidewalk, DA Brown stated, adding that the officers’ alleged actions caused serious injuries to Baker.
Pampena subsequently filed a sworn complaint stating that Baker was parked in front of a fire hydrant, but video evidence allegedly showed that Baker’s vehicle was more than 15 feet from a hydrant, according to the DA’s office. A criminal case against Baker resulted in a pretrial dismissal.
Carbone and Pampena have been charged with second- and third-degree assault, and Pampena has also been charged with second-degree perjury related to his sworn complaint.The two officers have been ordered to return to court on June 27, the DA added.