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NYPD Cop Charged With Making False Arrest Pleads Guilty

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A courtroom sketch of NYPD Officer Michael Daragjati. (credit: handout via CBS 2)

A courtroom sketch of NYPD Officer Michael Daragjati. (credit: handout via CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New York City police officer charged with making a racist arrest has pleaded guilty in federal court.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell On The Case

Officer Michael Daragjati appeared Tuesday in Brooklyn where he pleaded guilty to making a false arrest.

Authorities accused Daragjati, who’s white, of falsely arresting the black man in April on Staten Island. They say the officer was angry because the man had complained about being stopped and frisked.

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According to the complaint, the 6-foot-2 Daragjati was on patrol in the Stapleton section of Staten Island with a plainclothes anti-crime unit on April 15 when he stopped the unidentified, 31-year-old black man. It says the officer grabbed the 5-foot-6 man and frisked him, but let him go after not finding any weapons or contraband.

The man objected, demanding the officer’s name and badge number and shouted insults as he walked away, authorities said. Hearing the insults, the officer and his partner chased after him and arrested him.

Daragjati later lied in text messages to his sergeant and in a sworn statement by claiming the man had pushed him and fought back while he was being handcuffed, the complaint said. After two nights in custody, the man finally appeared in court, agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was released.

The officer is accused of later using the “N-word” to describe the man in a conversation caught on a wire.

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