DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn man, flanked by a City Council member Thursday, showed pictures of wounds he received in what he?s calling police brutality.
Jose Morales, 49, says officers handcuffed and beat him at a barbecue at the Glenwood Houses while responding to a call on July 24. Morales says his stepson, 28-year-old Robert Ramirez, came to his rescue with a child?s metal scooter and was shot. Ramirez is listed in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital. Morales, who faces charges in the incident, and Councilor Charles Barron (D-East Flatbush) say officers used excessive force and maintain Ramirez was defending his stepfather. Barron wants the NYPD to release all 911 tapes from the incident, which he says will provide witness accounts that support Morales? view. They also want the officer who pulled the trigger to lose his badge and face criminal charges.
The NYPD says officers were responding to a loud noise call and repeatedly asked Morales to turn down the music. Authorities say Ramirez hit an officer in the back of his head with the scooter while he was distracted with Morales. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says 911 callers are heard on tape saying the men were beating up the officers.