A veteran NYPD sergeant was hit with assault costs Thursday for allegedly slugging two handcuffed suspects — together with one who yelled anti-Asian slurs at him throughout an arrest.
Sgt. Phillip Wong, a 15-year member of the division, was launched with out bail after pleading not responsible to assault and tried assault costs in Manhattan Supreme Court docket.
Wong, 37, is accused of slugging one man throughout an arrest at a West 96th Avenue subway station on April 29, 2020 after the perp allegedly shouted anti-Asian slurs and kicked him, prosecutors stated.
Wong, who labored for Transit District 3, allegedly knelt on the person’s again after he and one other cop took the suspect to the bottom — with the person yelling, “I can’t breathe,” in line with the indictment.
“I don’t give a f–okay if you happen to can breathe or not,” Wong allegedly replied, as he punched them within the face.
Within the second incident, Wong was in his police precinct on Oct. 4, 2019 when cops introduced in an unruly 48-year-old suspect and two others.
The person kicked the door when different officers tried to place him inside a holding cell and started spitting on the cops — prompting Wong to leap in and slug him, prosecutors stated.
Each alleged assaults had been caught on police physique digital camera footage.
Wong’s lawyer, Andrew Quinn, stated outdoors the courthouse that the costs towards his shopper are the results of a latest local weather of disrespect for cops within the Huge Apple.
“The town kind of created this ambiance the place individuals can say something to cops,” Quinn stated. “They use racial and ethnic slurs towards officers. They denigrate their private look, they denigrate their sexuality.”
He stated suspects be happy “to name a cop no matter they need with out penalties.”
Prosecutors requested that Wong serve a 60-day jail sentence within the case.
“As alleged, this sergeant grossly violated his coaching — and the regulation — through the arrests of those two people, whose conduct didn’t justify these violent responses,” Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. stated in an announcement.
“Our workplace won’t settle for police violence,” he stated, “and we encourage any victims or witnesses of comparable conduct to report it.”
Wong has been suspended with out pay from the NYPD and is due again in courtroom on Oct. 18.