A Recent History of NYPD Brutality

Rayshawn Moreno

Date: October 2007

On Halloween 2007, two NYPD officers decided they would teach 14-year-old Rayshawn Moreno a lesson for throwing eggs at cars by driving him to a swamp, taking his shirt and shoes, and leaving him there. Officers Richard Danese and Thomas Elliassen say they came back to pick him up, but couldn't find him. Moreno was forced to walk barefoot along railroad tracks for about a mile before happening upon a shopping center.

Danese and Elliassen were indicted for unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor, but managed to plead down to disorderly conduct because Moreno refused to testify. Danese and Elliassen paid $5,000 each and the city agreed to pay $140,000 to Moreno; both men were allowed to remain on the force.

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