CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — NYPD Officer O’Keefe Thompson, 30, was charged with assault and intimidating a witness Monday after being accused of attacking a man on a Coney Island street, while on duty and in uniform, following an argument over a spilled drink, just after midnight on July 8, prosecutors said.
A friend had knocked a cup from Raymond Crespo’s, 23, hand and the c ignored a request from Thompson to pick it up, according to Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office. Thompson allegedly threw Crespo against a bodega doorway, knocking him to the ground, and dragged him along the sidewalk.
“Such conduct is not only unacceptable, it undermines public trust in our justice system and will not be tolerated in Brooklyn…. Police officers risk their lives every day to keep us all safe. However, this defendant crossed the line by allegedly assaulting a man and later threatening him,” Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said.
The incident was recorded on surveillance video and took place near the corner of Mermaid Ave. and W. 32nd St. in Coney Island.
Crespo went home after the attack and fell asleep. He woke up with a swollen face and a headache. Crespo called 911 and filed a complaint against the officer.
The following day off-duty and without uniform Thompson “sought the victim, Crespo, and asked him ‘Why are you shitting on my name?'” according to Assistant District Attorney Peter Choi said.
A crowd of bystanders pushed him away from Crespo. This incident was also recorded on surveillance video.
Thompson was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 29. Thompson faces up to one and one-third to four years in prison if he is convicted. Thompson was suspended without pay following the indictment. He had already been placed on modified duty while the investigation was underway.
Rev. Kevin McCall, the National Crisis Director with the National Action Network, said other officers were involved with the intimidation and are currently under departmental review.