The New York Daily News reports that a Staten Island caterer was allegedly beaten in his front yard by police as they yelled homophobic slurs.
31-year-old Louis Falcone wasn’t ultimately charged after the incident, but his lawyer Eric Subin says he’s now planning to sue in federal court for civil rights violations.
“Four people on one, scrawny little guy?” Subin commented. “They’re criminals; they belong behind bars.”
According to police, Falcone’s mother alerted 911 when her two sons started bickering. Falcone was already injured when officers arrived on the premises, and he apparently spit in an officer’s face.
His brother was nowhere to be found, having already left. Falcone was taken into custody and evaluated at Staten Island University North Hospital.
The 150-year-old man told the Daily News that he was beaten up by police outside of his Midland Beach home and called “f**” and “f****t. While on the ground, Falcone claims, “I had mud and blood in my mouth. One (of the cops) said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.’
Falcone says he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and needed more foot surgery following the attack.
The incident began, he says, when his brother came home “obnoxiously drunk” at 4:30 a.m. after a night of partying.
Watch the video that captures the altercation with police here.