New York Daily News

November 5, 2014


 

New York City cops to be charged for beating Brooklyn teenager: sources

 

David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac are expected to surrender and answer an indictment for assault and official misconduct for the alleged caught-on-tape attack against 16-year-old old Kahreem Tribble, according to multiple sources. The unusual indictment for illegal use of power during an arrest comes after a barrage of recordings of apparent NYPD violence or misconduct came to light in recent months.

BY OREN YANIV

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Two NYPD officers from the 79th Precinct, David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac, will face charges after their alleged beating of 16-year-old suspect Kahreem Tribble was caught on video, according to sources.

Facing a rare police brutality rap, two NYPD cops are expected to be charged Wednesday for beating a Brooklyn teen with their fists and a gun, the Daily News has learned.

David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac are expected to surrender and answer an indictment for assault and official misconduct for the alleged caught-on-tape attack against 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble, according to multiple sources.

“These police officers think they’re above the law,” said the victim’s lawyer, Amy Rameau. “Nobody is above the law.”

“His parents and I want to see them prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

A disturbing video made public last month shows the cops as they catch up to Tribble after a short foot chase on a Crown Heights street Aug. 29. When the teen surrenders, Isaac is seen throwing a haymaker at the boy’s face before Afanador joins in, whipping his head with a drawn pistol.

The teen suffered broken teeth, swelling and mouth injuries.

“I can’t believe that people we pay to protect us will treat our children this way,” said the boy’s mother, Keturah Tribble, 42. “I just want justice for my son.”

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson has called the video “troubling” and added that “if any police officer has crossed the line — we have to hold him accountable.”

A DA spokeswoman declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

A grand jury has been hearing evidence for several weeks against the cops, both nine-year veterans. Afanador was indicted on felony assault, weapon possession and misconduct charges, sources said. Isaac was slapped with similar but lesser charges.

They are set to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at Brooklyn Supreme Court, sources said.

The unusual indictment for illegal use of force during an arrest comes after a barrage of recordings of apparent police violence or misconduct came to light in recent months.

A Staten Island grand jury is weighing evidence in the case of Eric Garner, who died in July after officers put him in a chokehold when busting him for selling loose cigarettes. The Brooklyn DA’s civil rights unit is investigating at least two other taped incidents, officials have said.

“I expect more indictments to come out,” said Rameau, who represents several other clients who have made misconduct allegations.

Afanador, who’s been suspended during the probe, has been sued twice for beating up suspects, with the city doling out settlement payouts. Isaac has been placed on modified duty, an NYPD spokesman has said.

Tribble was arrested for drug possession after the alleged assault, as cops said he tossed 17 baggies of marijuana. But the case was quickly disposed of with a plea to a violation, not a crime.

Police union President Patrick Lynch said: “Videotaped police actions lend themselves to a rush to judgment because they only capture the arrest and not the crime that led to the arrest. We believe once all the facts in this case are presented to a jury the officers will be vindicated.”

The last time NYPD cops were indicted for brutality was in December 2008, when three officers were charged with sodomizing a man with a baton when busting him in a subway station. All three were cleared by a jury after trial.

That case brought back memories of one infamous case of police cruelty — the 1997 torture of Abner Louima. Ex-officer Justin Volpe is doing 30 years in federal prison for that sodomy assault.

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