Detective Samir Gonsalves, 34, took part in the rogue ride, but not the beatdown, while off-duty.
October 9, 2013 Manhattan New York (CBSNEWYORK) – An undercover police detective and another man were arrested Tuesday in connection with the motorcycle gang attack on an SUV driver last week in Manhattan.
Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, surrendered Tuesday and faces riot and criminal mischief charges, police confirmed. The cop’s attorney hasn’t responded to messages. Braszczok, a 10-year veteran on the force, was one of at least three officers who participated in the ride that made national headlines after it was caught on video and posted to YouTube.
Police announced Tuesday night they’ve arrested Clinton Caldwell, 32, of Brooklyn, who is charged with gang assault, assault and criminal mischief. He is the sixth biker charged in the alleged attack.
Braszczok and Caldwell were in custody at Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday night, CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez reported. They are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.
Braszczok’s lawyer, Phil Karasyk, said Monday that the detective had only witnessed other bikers attacking the vehicle. But investigators discovered video evidence showing him punching an already damaged back window, then twice kicking the side of the SUV before leaving the scene, according to two people familiar with the case. The people weren’t authorized to discuss the inquiry and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
NYPD Internal Affairs investigators have been looking into Braszczok’s conduct because he didn’t report until three days later that he had been at the rally.
The expectation that officers will act if they witness a crime does not apply for undercover officers.
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