A uniformed NYPD sergeant was caught on video unleashing a vulgar tirade against a group of Brooklyn men — threatening them with his gun even while condoning their criminal behavior, The Post has learned.
Sgt. Lesly Charles even indicated that some criminal activity is apparently OK on his beat — as long as he’s paid proper respect.
“You guys are hustling or whatever, I ain’t got no problem with that. Listen … do your thing,” Charles barked during the April 28 diatribe, which is now being investigated by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. “But when I come around and I speak, you f—king listen. Tell your boys.”
The surly sergeant apparently was angry over a car that was illegally parked on Ditmas Avenue in the Kensington section.
His rant against the men was recorded on a 20-minute cellphone video obtained exclusively by The Post.
The footage includes Charles berating a young man in the roadway near a silver BMW, telling him: “This is my street. All right? If you got to play tough, that’s your problem … I do whatever the f—k I want.”
A short time later, Charles followed the group into the nearby No. 1 Chinese Food restaurant, flanked by two plainclothes cops.
“I have the long d—k. You don’t,” the cop bragged.
“Your pretty face — I like it very much. My d—k will go in your mouth and come out your ear. Don’t f—k with me. All right?”
After the target of his tirade insisted, “I didn’t do anything,” Charles retorted, “Listen to me. When you see me, you look the other way. Tell your boys, I don’t f—k around. All right?”
“I’ll take my gun and put it up your a— and then I’ll call your mother afterwards. You understand that?”
For good measure, the sergeant added: “And I’ll put your s—t in your own mouth.”
Charles added, “I’m here every f—king day. I don’t go home. I have no life. No kids. I do what I do.’’
The 21-year-old man who shot the video — and provided it to The Post on the condition of anonymity — was arrested that night and charged with disorderly conduct, which court records show was for ignoring the cops’ orders to leave.
Police sources said he has been arrested more than 20 times, including for petit larceny and weapons and pot possession.
An NYPD spokeswoman said the department is investigating the incident.
The man’s lawyer, David Zelman, said it was troubling that “there were other cops by [Charles’] side, and they seemed to take it in stride.”
Charles, reached at home yesterday, said, “I’m just doing God’s work. You know I can’t comment … Have a blessed day.”
A source close to the sergeant said that in the past, “all efforts at civility failed’’ in dealing with the men. They are known to loiter and play loud music, prompting complaints from local businesses, law-enforcement sources said.
“The sergeant was trying to get the message across in a way they could understand,’’ the source said.
Cops Accuse Innocent Man Of Swallowing Drugs, Force Him Into Hospital, Perform X-rays & CAT Scans, Finding Nothing, Leaving The Man To Pay A $9.5K Hospital Bill
A Brooklyn man claims in a lawsuit he was accosted by cops who accused him of swallowing “contraband” and hauled him to a hospital in a failed bid to prove it — only to be later billed for the medical procedures done against his will.
Schedrick Campbell, 54, said he had gone out to buy dog food in March and was walking back to his Crown Heights home when three plainclothes officers accosted him.
They grabbed his throat and yelled at him to “spit it out,” Campbell said in a Brooklyn federal court lawsuit, but police didn’t find anything.
Cops then hauled him to Interfaith Medical Center, where, he claims, he was handcuffed to a bed for two days while hospital staff, at the direction of police, conducted X-rays and CAT scans in a futile bid to find the alleged contraband.
“It should be noted that no foreign body was ever found,” the court papers state.
One officer threw out Campbell’s prostate medication and warned him that using the bathroom before some of the hospital’s procedures could lead to him being prosecuted “for tampering with evidence,” Campbell alleges.
The charges were dropped — but Interfaith added insult to injury by slapping him with a $9,530 bill.
So let’s get this straight:
- Cops kidnap a man based on a false accusation
- Cops force the man into a hospital against his will
- Cops forbid him from urinating and taking his medication
- Cops force him to stay in the hospital for 2 days
- The hospital staff performs these procedures on the man because the cops said so
- The cops don’t find anything and leave the man with the bill of $9,500+
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Over the weekend the Occupy Wall Street protesters attempted to take the movement to Brooklyn. During the attempt 700 protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. Many of the protesters claim the NYPD didn’t give a warning, but NYPD has released a video showing a warning being given to the crowd. Allison Kilkenny, a reporter for The Nation, addresses some of these contradicting reports.
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