It was reported early on that the under cover who didn't want to blow his cover was not investigating the motorcycle club. To be involved in a crime while under cover by being involved with beating on the vehicle with a child in it is crossing the line of covertly infiltrating I think. If he was why has he been fired is being brought up on charges or is that part of his cover too?Call me crazy, but is it actually possible the undercover cops on the ride might have been doing their job and covertly infiltrating the group?
Vehicle, yes, victim, noWere the undercover cops actually involved in beating on the vehicle / victim?
This is an important distinction, especially in New York.Not undercover. Just cops.
BTW, how has this case panned out?
A total of 15 people were arrested, 55 motorcycles were confiscated, and 69 summonses were issued in connection with the September 29th event. Eleven suspects were charged in connection with the attack
The charges against most of the bikers involved in the incident were lessened in December 2013 because of the lack of severity of injuries to Lien. “The victim’s facial wounds look to be healing in a way which does not constitute facial disfigurement under the law,” said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joshua Steinglass. The defendants, who were facing up to 25 years on charge of gang assault, could face up to 15 years if convicted on the lesser charge of attempted assault and attempted gang assault.[SUP][/SUP]
Several defendants have accepted plea deals. Allen Edwards and Edwin Rodriguez were each sentenced to five years probation on charges of second-degree assault and first-degree rioting.[SUP][/SUP] Craig Wright, Jason Brown, Kalik Douglas, Clint Caldwell, and James Kuehne also pleaded guilty to the same charges.[SUP][/SUP][SUP][/SUP] Christopher Cruz pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and riot and was sentenced to four months in jail and five years probation. Reginald Chance pleaded guilty to felony assault and criminal mischief in exchange for two years in prison and three years post-release supervision. Of the men charged in the attack, only Robert Sims and Wojciech Braszczok have cases still pending.[SUP][/SUP]
Police have stated that they do not plan to file charges against Alexian Lien. In December 2013, Lien filed a civil suit against the city of New York for the involvement of an off-duty police detective in the attack. The suit accused the police department of failing to properly train their officers.[SUP][/SUP]