Police officer charged with assault, witness harrasment

A police officer faced charges in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Sept. 12 on charges of misdemeanor assault and intimidating a witness after he allegedly attacked a Coney Island man in July and then confronted him about reporting the incident, according to a statement by acting district attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Officer O’Keefe Thompson of the 60th Precinct confronted the man shortly after midnight on July 8, near Mermaid Avenue and West 32nd Street while on duty and in uniform and ordered the victim to pick up a plastic cup that his friend had knocked out of his hand, Gonzalez said in the statement, and when the man refused, the two began arguing. Thompson then allegedly threw the victim against the doorway of a nearby bodega, knocked him to the ground, dragged him onto the sidewalk two separate times, and dropped him to the ground again, according to the indictment.

Following the alleged assault, the victim went home and went to sleep, and then woke up with a swollen face and headache. He called 911 and went to Coney Island Hospital, where he was treated for swelling and bruising to the face and for a possible concussion. He filed a complaint against Thompson later that same day, after he was discharged from the hospital.

On July 9, Thompson allegedly went to the victim’s neighborhood to seek him out — at around 2:30 am, after work and out of uniform. Thompson then confronted the victim, allegedly raising his shirt to show his gun in his waistband before verbally threatening the victim for reporting the previous night’s altercation to police, according to the indictment.

Police have footage of both incidents, according to Gonzalez.

Thompson was released on his own recognizance with a court date of Nov. 29. He faces up to 16 months to four years in prison.

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