In a Brooklyn Federal courtroom on Monday, Oct. 15, eight-year veteran Officer Admir Kacamakovic, according to Gothamist, pleaded guilty to a felony civil rights violation and wasn’t shy about sharing his opinions. The 33-year-old Kacamakovic was accused by the FBI of questionable activity in 2008.
The New York Post reported that Kacamakovic had intervened in a traffic dispute outside of his cousin’s bar in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and illegally detained and handcuffed a man, causing permanent wrist damage. Kacamakovic had also allegedly used the NYPD’s computer system to search a federal database about the assault victim, after one of the patrons pressed charges. However, he also insisted he was justified in detaining and pepper-spraying the victim, almost derailing his guilty plea.
The New York Times said that Brooklyn Federal Judge “Father Vader,” or William F. Kuntz II, a former member of the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, advised Kacamakovic that he could not plead guilty to a crime, if he believe that handcuffing the man was necessary. Judge Kuntz asked him to restate his allocution, but Officer Kacamakovic threw up his hands. “I said I was going to testify under oath,” he said. “That’s the truth.” Judge Kuntz questioned him once again, and Kacamakovic broke into tears stating, “I don’t know why I didn’t commit suicide yet, but I’m still alive. It was a shameful, shameful year for my family. If you wouldn’t mind taking this plea, it would be very beneficial to me and my family.” After a recess, Kamakovic was asked to restate his crimes, and he then said that he handcuffed the man because he had threatened to file a civilian complaint against Kacamakovic. The lawyers agreed that this statement justified the guilty plea.
Kacamakovic said that he had been seeing a psychiatrist monthly since his last arrest in October and could no longer handle it. Kacamakovic added, “I have been working with the most goddamned corrupt police department this world has ever known. I’m willing to say goodbye to this goddamn piece of shit. I want to hand in this ID … [and] lose my salary and benefits so I may be able to get on with the rest of my life.”
Hearing these words from a police man reflects negatively upon the NYPD, however there are still many people—including journalists—who swear by the NYPD’s standards and the good work that they’ve done for the city in the past. Does this event sway your opinion at all?