NYPD Officer Sues Bronx Man for Alleged Assault During Attempted Looting Arrest

The suit says Detective Joseph Nicolosi suffered contusions, abrasions, and a sprained knee

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An NYPD detective is suing a Bronx man who allegedly assaulted the officer amid protests on the night of June 1.

The lawsuit, which was filed Friday by Detective Joseph Nicolosi, claims Jose Rivera assaulted the cop while Nicolosi was trying to arrest River for the attempted looting of a CVS store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Rivera struggled and resisted arrest, the suit alleges, and that's when Nicolosi was injured. He reportedly suffered contusions, abrasions, and a sprained knee.

"Nicolosi was further traumatized by the incident and continues to suffer pain, soreness, discomfort, sleeplessness and agitation," the suit reads.

The Detectives' Endowment Association is providing the attorney for Nicolosi pro bono.

"Filing civil actions against the violent individuals who hurt our Detectives will send a message to every criminal that the often weak punishments they see are not the only consequence they can face," said Detectives' Endowment Association President Paul DiGiacomo.

Attorney information for Rivera was not immediately known.

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