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NYPD Cop Wins $15M After Fellow Cops Falsely Arrested & Beat Him at His Daughter’s Birthday

Queens, NY – After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter’s birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.

On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter’s birthday party in Queens when an unidentified man with a gun appeared in the street breaking a bottle. Although Jackson did not have his gun with him, the off-duty cop confronted the armed man and asked him to leave while Jackson’s wife called 911. As Jackson attempted to calm down the armed man, a crowd of roughly 15 to 20 men armed with bats and sticks began to approach them.

Instead of attacking Jackson or the armed man, the crowd immediately dispersed as a marked patrol car arrived in front of Jackson’s house. Even though Jackson’s wife told dispatchers that her husband was a cop and Jackson immediately identified himself as a fellow officer, the cops ignored him while trying to assess the situation. Hearing an argument from inside Jackson’s home, one of the officers suddenly ran into his house without a search warrant.

After striking one of Jackson’s friends with a police baton, the officer ordered Jackson to step back. Standing his ground, Jackson again identified himself as a cop and informed the officer that they were in his house. Instead of requesting to see Jackson’s police ID or badge, the officer slammed the baton against Jackson’s throat and shoved him into the living room.

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While repeatedly punching Jackson in the face, the officer accidentally tripped over a cooler leftover from the birthday party. As Jackson attempted to help the officer up, another cop placed Jackson in a chokehold. Unable to speak, Jackson tried to pull his police ID out of his pocket but another officer restrained his hands.

Falling backwards, Jackson and the cop choking him landed on Jackson’s 82-year-old mother-in-law, briefly knocking her unconscious. As the officer released his chokehold, Jackson again informed the cops that he was an NYPD officer when another cop struck him in the head with an ASP tactical baton. After stumbling down the front steps, Jackson remained on the ground as a group of bloodthirsty officers began beating him with their batons and pepper-spraying him in the face. While placing him in handcuffs, the cops repeatedly kicked his body and kneed him in the back.

Following the brutal assault, the officer who initially attacked Jackson asked him, “Yeah, you motherfucking dirt bag, if you are really a cop, where is your ID?”

“My ID has been in my front pocket the whole entire time,” Jackson responded. “I told you that in the house.”

After finally checking his pockets, the crowd of cops immediately dispersed upon the realization that they just brutalized one of their own without justification. Despite the fact that he had his police ID and did not commit a crime, Jackson was detained at the police station for 20 hours before being transported to a local hospital. According to his medical records, Jackson’s face and torso were covered in large bruises while his right hand was fractured due to numerous baton strikes.

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On June 24, 2011, Jackson filed a federal lawsuit accusing the NYPD of negligence, assault, false arrest, and false imprisonment. Despite the fact that NYPD Officer John Czulada admitted to punching Jackson in the face, none of the cops involved confessed to beating him with their batons or placing him in handcuffs. Even though the police refused to break their code of silence, a jury decided Wednesday to award Jackson with $15 million in damages.

“I feel vindicated,” Jackson told The NY Daily News after the verdict. “Just like they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Out of the 70 cops who arrived at Jackson’s house that night, none of the officers involved in his ruthless beating have been charged with a crime. Instead of punishing the cops who assaulted a fellow officer with batons and pepper spray, the citizens of New York are held responsible for the incompetence and utter brutality of their police force. Perhaps if the police officers were held financially responsible for their actions, they might have bothered to check his badge and ID in the first place.

Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

  • If none of them have faced a charge, there is a direct threat to this mans well-being still, including retribution by the entire department.

  • makes me wonder if these so called cops who beat him were actually NYPD or were they


  • Karma

  • On the rare occasion that police are held accountable and have to pay a fine to a victim, the money comes from the tax-payers. Maybe if we take the money from their pension plans some of this will stop. If their money is at stake the police will police themselves.

    • Could it be possible the two officers worked together on this? I mean, personally, I’d take a beating from a mate in front of my family for $15 mill then split it with the other cop. Likewise if my friend was happy with it I’d beat him up for half of $15 mill. You might say he wouldn’t be my mate if I could do that but for a few weeks of bruising and you and your family are set for life, never having to work another day in your life…

    • Agreed, I would do it for half a million.

    • Im sure they watch for that kind of thing…

    • Lol who the fuck watches ‘that kind of thing?’ Are you joking?

    • This isn’t insurance money they’re talking about dummy! They couldn’t care less about tax-payer money- that shit never ends! Never ends!!!

    • Oh and their fukn pension is funded the same fukn way!

  • yes. shkreli gets a pass but an Officer gets a beating ? What on earth ?

  • This story is just completely insane. Horrible. WTF!?

  • 15 million? Come the fuck on. Yeah I don’t agree with what cops do, but regardless unless this man’s life was totally and completely ruined, 15 million is asinine. On a average salary of $30k a year, 15 million equates out to 500 years worth of salary.

    If this was a police pension this money came from, you bet this number would be much more reasonable. Since it’s taxpayers, it’s like here! Free money! Sorry for the beat down!

  • They should at least hook up that machine that reads blood pressure or whatever. Part of the interview process should require someone monitoring that while they see slides of a bunch of different kinds of people. Just saying should be part of the screening process.

  • typical a cops gets arrested and beat up he gets 15 million dollars a member of the public gets arrested and beaten up they frame the person and cover it up fuck him now he knows what the threat cops are to normal citizens

  • Taste of own medicine…cost of the tax payers….

  • Hell yes, why should the tax payers pay for their stupidity.

  • Yep… Let’s give the insurance industry more money…

  • police are parasites

  • I guess if they can’t find anyone else to beat up they just beat each other up. Works for me.

  • they split the money after?

  • With that kind of payout it’s hard to imagine that this won’t become the new police retirement package. Blood in, Blood out.

  • if it wasnt a cop they did it to , itd be just another very normal incident …

  • I hope this man recovers from this travisty, quits the NYPD, takes his money, and retires someplace to a happy life. He and his wife deserve it!! Peace to you brother!!

  • The saddest part is, assaults on cops have been on the decline for a few years, now- maybe it’s time something besides awarding them millions in tax dollars needs to be done.

  • I’d be happy if we just got rid of police unions which protect bad cops.


  • What I’ve been saying for some time now …

  • whoa……I would hope this is an extreme rarity

  • Only if your employed….

  • well done

  • Myself,I would have been working my way threw 70 pigs.15M WILL BUY A LOT OF SHOOTERS.

  • Bankrupt their asses

  • FUCK THAT SHIT. These fuckers probably organized the attach and split that money!