A Recent History of NYPD Brutality

Mark Davidson

Date: April 1985

18-year-old high-school senior Mark Davidson was arrested by two NYPD officers for allegedly selling $10 worth of marijuana, then taken to the 106th Precinct in Queens, where he was brutally beaten and tortured with a stun gun. The officers reportedly used the stun gun on Davidson 43 times, and threatened to sustain the torment all night long unless he confessed. Davidson, who had no priors, said he offered the confession because he suffered 43 shocks to his back, buttocks, and stomach; reportedly, the officers threatened to use the stun gun on his genitals.

Sgt. Richard A. Pike and Officer Jeffrey Gilbert were convicted of assault and sentenced to four to six years in prison.

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