Two NYPD detectives face prison time for beating up a postal worker who unwittingly gave an assassin directions to a Brooklyn housing project where the maniac killed two police officers, officials said Wednesday. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown charged Detectives Angelo Pampena, 31,and Detective Robert A. Carbone, 29, with assault. Pampena and Carbone are accused of beating 26-year-old Karim Baker on 96th St. between Christie and 55th Aves. in Corona, Queens on Oct. 21, 2015. They allegedly punched and kicked him inside his car and then pulled him out and continued to beat him. Baker was in his postal uniform at the time, officials said.
The brutalized letter carrier had to relive the haunting ordeal when he recently testified before the grand jury. “It was very difficult … from the very beginning,” Baker said about his grand jury testimony. “It was like I was reliving the moment. Just sitting there and going through it all over again was definitely hard for me.”
Yet he could see the grand jury sharing his pain. “Based on their reactions I knew they were going to get indicted,” Baker said. The entire attack was caught on video, which was also shown to the grand jury, according to Baker’s attorney Eric Subin. “There’s no room for interpretation,” Subin said about the video. “There is no explanation for what they did. It’s bone chilling.” Baker suffered “serious physical injuries,” underwent surgery for a knee injury and may need surgery on his spine, Subin said. He has yet to return to work at the post office. As the assault, which was first reported by the Daily News, was investigated, Pampena allegedly filed a false affidavit claiming that the fight broke out after Baker’s car was found parked in front of a hydrant.
Yet the surveillance video shows he was parked legally, officials said. Baker’s car was at least one car length from the hydrant, Subin said.
“I’m certainly not surprised, though it’s not easy to get police officers indicted for anything… even though the evidence is crystal clear,” Subin said about the arrests. “The grand jury obviously saw that video and heard that he was systematically targeted for ten or eleven months. They beat the hell out of him.” Pampena was additionally charged with perjury, filing a false instrument and official misconduct for making up the lie, officials said. The Queens DA’s office requested $10,000 bail, but the two detectives were ordered released without bail after a brief court appearance on Wednesday. The arraignment occurred minutes after the Queens DA’s office sent out a press release announcing the charges against the two detectives. They will return to court to respond to the charges in June, according to a Queens DA spokeswoman.
Baker and his attorney claim that the postal employee was repeatedly harassed by police after he unknowingly directed Ismaaiyl Brinsley to the Marcy Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before Brinsley shot and killed Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Dec. 20, 2014. For months after the assassination, Baker was stopped by police for traffic infractions about 20 times — but never ticketed — before he was attacked by Pampena and Carbone, Baker said. Baker said he is still terrified to interact with the police — and doesn’t know how to react when he sees a passing NYPD squad car. “It’s not something that can ever go away from me,” he said. “I went through a whole year of being stopped… repeatedly being stopped. If that can happen I don’t know what to expect now.” “I just try to behave as normal as I can (when I see police),” he said. A high-ranking police source said that Pampena and Carbone stopped Baker because they thought he was in the middle of a drug transaction. These guys had no clue who this guy was,” the source said.
Both have been suspended for 30 days without pay, officials said. No one answered the door at Carbone’s Levittown home Wednesday. Neighbors were shocked to hear of his arrest. “He seemed like a really nice guy,” the neighbor said. The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nypd-detectives-charged-assaulting-postal-worker-article‑1.2608423