A tattoo parlor employee who claims he was assaulted and sodomized by New York Police Department officers has filed papers to sue the city and the department.
Michael Mineo says he was attacked Oct. 15 in a subway station in Brooklyn. Officer Richard Kern was charged with aggravated sexual abuse and assault; fellow Officers Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales were charged with hindering prosecution and official misconduct for allegedly covering up the crime. All three pleaded not guilty.
Mineo filed a notice of claim, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, on Friday. He seeks $200 million in damages and names four officers, though only three were charged, as well as the city and department. Mineo claims he suffered "permanent" and "severe" injuries.
The city's Law Department is reviewing the papers.