NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A seven-year veteran of the New York Police Department is in trouble with the feds.
The FBI arrested Officer Admir Kacamakovic, 31, on Wednesday in connection with a case dating back three years.
On July 5, 2008, Kacamakovic, while on duty and in uniform, allegedly used pepper spray on a man involved in a parking dispute outside a bar owned by the officer’s cousin, according to a complaint.
Kacamakovic apparently said to the man, “no one f***s with my cousin’s place.”
Authorties said Kacamakovic also handcuffed and unlawfully detained the man who later filed a complaint with the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and a civil lawsuit.
Officials said Kacamakovic later accessed the NYPD’s computer system to get information from a FBI database about the assault victim.
Kacamakovic is accused of getting into the system a second time to get information for his cousin who was the subject of a federal drug investigation.
“This officer allegedly turned his back on his oath to protect and to serve, and instead used his badge and his authority against a citizen and our system of justice,” U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said in a statement.
“The public trusts the police not only to enforce the law, but to obey it. This is a responsibility that should be taken seriously,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Janice Fedarcyk stated.
Kacamakovic was assigned to the 62nd Precinct in Brooklyn. He faces 17 years in prison if convicted.