What to Know
- Officer Dalsh Veve was dragged by a car in June 2017 and was in critical condition for months; he was in a rehab center for nearly a year
- He and other officers were responding to a call of shots fired, which turned out to be fireworks going off
- Justin Murrell was sentenced on Wednesday after being found guilty of assault
A teenager accused of dragging an NYPD police officer while driving a stolen car has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.
Justin Murrell was sentenced on Wednesday after being found guilty of assault for the June 2017 incident that left Officer Dalsh Veve with severe injuries. He had been acquitted of attempted murder.
NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill criticized the short sentence, calling it "an absolute disgrace."
Authorities say Veve was investigating a report of gunshots when he approached then 15-year-old Murrell, who was behind the wheel of the stolen car in Brooklyn.
Murrell took off, dragging the officer for several blocks.
Veve suffered severe brain damage and spent months in a rehabilitation facility. Authorities say Veve will never fully recover from his injuries.