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DA: Charges Stand Against NYPD Officer in SUV-Biker Melee

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    Prosecutors have changed their minds about reducing charges against an undercover NYPD detective accused of taking part in a videotaped attack on a man driving a Range Rover.

    A Manhattan prosecutor said Thursday that he would continue pursuing top-level assault charges against Detective Wojciech Braszczok in the September beating of the driver. Braszczok was off-duty.

    Undercover Cop Charged in Biker Attack

    [NY] Undercover Cop Charged in Biker Attack
    Prosecutors upgraded charges to include gang assault for an undercover NYPD officer who was allegedly involved in a violent fight between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover in Manhattan. Checkey Beckford reports (Published Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013)

    The driver was pulled from the SUV and beaten after being chased by the bikers following a lengthy chase through the streets.  The chase and attack, much of it captured by the motorcyclists helmet cameras, became international news.

    Braszczok and nine others were charged with first-degree gang assault and first-degree assault in October.  Prosecutors said in December those charges would likely be downgraded to attempted gang assault and attempted assault.

    RAW: Undercover Cop Leaves Court After Arraignment

    [NY] Undercover Cop Leaves Court After Being Charged in Bike Fight
    NYPD Detective Wojciech Braszczok, 32, is seen leaving court Wednesday after he was charged for his alleged role in a fight between a group of motorcyclists and a man driving a Range Rover. He has been suspended from the department. (Published Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013)

    Prosecutors said at the time the SUV driver's injuries were healing, so the case might no longer warrant first-degree assault charges that require permanent disfigurement. The driver needed stitches to his face.

    Prosecutors say it now appears the driver's injuries haven't healed as well as hoped.

    Biker Suspect in SUV Driver Beating Surrenders to Police: Officials

    [NY] Biker Suspect in SUV Driver Beating Surrenders to Police: Officials
    Two men who may have played a role in the road rage attack surrendered to authorities on Friday. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Saturday, Oct 5, 2013)

    Braszczok's lawyers declined to comment after court Thursday.

    The other bikers have court dates Friday.

    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: SUV Chased by Pack of Bikers Is Towed Away

    [NY] EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: SUV Chased by Pack of Bikers Is Towed Away
    The Range Rover that struck a biker after a group of motorcyclists swarmed a family in an SUV is towed away from a lot in Manhattan on Thursday. The family in the SUV said they had no choice to speed away. Edwin Mieses Jr., the biker struck by the SUV, is said to be paralyzed. Police are looking for the biker who assaulted the driver of the SUV. (Published Friday, Oct 4, 2013)

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