NEW YORK — New York police have released an extensive report detailing what happened in a December 2012 incident in which five officers allegedly pulled an officer out of a taxi and assaulted him.
The report released Thursday details how a video camera recorded officers using a Taser to restrain a man who had been pushed into the back seat of a cab, as well as how the officers allegedly forced the cab driver to step out of the cab, after they claimed he had refused to drop the vehicle.
The police department released the report on Thursday, just days after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Officer Sean Gannon on felony charges.
The grand jury’s decision came after New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, who is considering a run for president in 2020, issued a statement Thursday saying he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision.
“The NYPD has been working diligently with the Staten Island DA’s Office and the FBI to fully investigate this matter,” the NYPD said in a statement.
“This is not an isolated incident.
The NYPD has received hundreds of reports of alleged police brutality in recent years, and the NYPD is committed to ensuring that any incident involving police is fully investigated and prosecuted.”
The report also detailed the events leading up to the incident.
At one point, the officers were in a high-speed chase with a taxi driver who was being hailed as an Uber driver.
After a stop for speeding, the driver was allegedly pushed out of his vehicle, while the officers kicked him and his cab driver out of their cab.
The NYPD report noted that the driver, who was not arrested or charged, had a history of drug use and was not cooperating with the officers’ demands.
The cab driver was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, obstruction and criminal possession of a weapon.
The officers allegedly also kicked and punched the taxi driver in the head as they tried to handcuff him.
At another point, officers used a TASER to restrain the taxi’s driver.
One officer claimed he could hear him screaming as the cab’s driver fell to the ground, and another officer was heard on video saying he thought the driver “was going to die.”
The NYPD also said the officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing by the grand jury.
A grand jury investigation concluded that the cab was stolen by the driver after the cab refused to leave the driver’s location.
Gannon, a five-year veteran of the NYPD, was fired in April, but he was allowed to remain on the force as a lieutenant.
He was charged with misdemeanor battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.