NYPD officer to plead guilty in stop-and-frisk case

January 24, 2012 7:11:22 AM PST
An eight-year NYPD veteran is expected to plead guilty to using a racial slur while bragging that he had falsely charged a black man with resisting arrest after stopping and frisking him on Staten Island last spring.

Michael Daragjati, 32, is expected to enter the plea in federal court in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday morning.

Daragjati, who is white, was charged with arresting a 31-year-old black man who objected to being stopped and frisked on Targee Street last April.

He claimed in a police report that the man flailed his arms and kicked his legs during the arrest, causing him to be detained for about 36 hours before being released.

The next day, Daragjati allegedly used a racial slur in describing the suspect in a conversation with a female friend.

Daragjati was also charged in connection with two other incidents.

The case highlighted civil rights advocates' concerns about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, which they say disproportionately singles out blacks and Latinos.

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