Alleged Cop Sodomy Vic Can't Stay Out of Legal Trouble

Mineo was arrested over three outstanding warrants

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009  |  Updated 7:02 AM EDT
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Alleged Cop Sodomy Vic Can't Stay Out of Legal Trouble

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A man who accuses three NYPD officers of beating and sodomizing him in a Brooklyn subway station last year can't seem to shake his legal troubles.

Michael Mineo, who is suing the city for $220 million over the alleged incident, was arrested again this week on three outstanding warrants. 

He was busted while sitting in a park -- a ticketable offense if you aren't with a child in that particular park.  Mineo wasn't.  But he thinks his cuffing has more to do with his history with police than the law.

"I wasn't doing nothing," Mineo told the Daily News. "I was just sitting on the park bench talking to a friend. They knew who I was. Of course they did."

Cops arrested him after they found a summons for community service Mineo never finished for an April 2008 assault at the tattoo parlor where he had worked, the newspaper said.

His arrest came as city lawyers filed papers in Brooklyn federal court asking that city be removed from the $220 lawsuit, arguing it has no control over rogue officers who act outside their training and guidelines.  Those officers are awaiting criminal trials.

Mineo's lawsuit claims that NYPD officers robbed him of his civil rights by sodomizing him with a radio antenna.

The three officers accused of assaulting Mineo face criminal charges in connection with the incident.  Officer Richard Kern has pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse and assault; and Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales pleaded not guilty to hindering prosecution and official misconduct on suspicion of covering up a crime. All three have vehemently denied the any wrongdoing.

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