It’s always nice to read about when trifling people get in trouble for putting their foot in their mouth–especially corrupt police officers. Check out Michael Daragjati, 32, an eight-year veteran who is now facing civil rights charges for a stop-and-frisk arrest on a 31-year-old black man in Staten Island back in April. After the man complained about the stop and asked for his badge number, the officer wasn’t feeling that and decided to arrest him for resisting arrest.
Unfortunately for Officer Daragjati, he started running his mouth very fast. After having the man sit in jail for 36 hours, filling out a random report and going to court for the arrest, Officer Daragjati called up a female friend to brag about his deeds. The convo included the following ignorant mess, according to the New York Times:
“’I sat there for a couple of hours by the time I got it all done but, fried another N-Word,’ the officer says on a transcript provided by prosecutors. ‘What?’ The woman asks. Officer Daragjati uses the same phrase and then adds, ‘no big deal.’ The woman laughs.”
This phone call set Officer Daragjati up (not literally) to get charged with a misdemeanor civil rights violation that can get him a year in prison, or even a fine of up to $100,000. It has also come to light that Officer Daragjati lured an individual he thought to have stolen one of his snowplows (from a separate business he runs) to an open parking lot in Staten Island, where a group of men jumped the guy and threatened him with a gun. Officer Daragjati was later found showing off photos of the man’s injuries. AND homeboy also got caught and charged with insurance fraud for trying to get money to damage one of his own vehicles. So on top of civil rights charges, Officer Daragjati is looking at both extortion and insurance fraud, the latter two having more consequences than the first (up to 20 years in prison). And let’s be honest, we know this crooked cop isn’t going to receive any time for the false arrest, especially since this mess happens on the regular.
Have you ever been falsely arrested or stopped because of your skin color?
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