Admir Kacamakovic, an ex-NYPD officer who illegally handcuffed and pepper sprayed a bar patron in 2008, was found guilty of violating the man’s civil rights. The New York Daily News is reporting that Kacamakovic was sentenced to probation by Brooklyn Federal Judge William Kuntz.
Previously, we reported that Kacamakovic, who is a Bosnian immigrant, assaulted and threatened two patrons at the Living Room Lounge (2402 86th Street). Kacamakovic was apparently intervening in an altercation on behalf of his cousin, who owns and operates the bar, telling one victim that “No one f—- with my cousin’s place.” Kacamakovic then handcuffed and pepper sprayed the victim after the victim threatened to file a civilian complaint. The officer then used his patrol car’s computer to perform an illegal search on the complainant.
Kacamakovic’s cousin was also allegedly the subject of an undercover sting operation revolving around federal narcotics investigation. Kacamakovic was also accused of obtaining illegal Virginia driver’s licenses for his cousin.
“I don’t know why I didn’t commit suicide yet,” said Admir Kacamakovic, 32.
“I have been working in the most corrupt police department, and I want to start somewhere else.
“I can’t take it anymore,” said the eight-year veteran, formerly of the 62nd Precinct, who said that he had been seeing a psychiatrist monthly since his arrest last October.
“It’s been a shameful, shameful year for my family.”
In the sentencing hearing, Kacamakovic expressed regret to Judge Kuntz.
“My intent was not to commit a crime, it was to prevent a crime. Unfortunately I went about it incorrectly. I am now a convicted felon, something I never imagined myself being,” the Daily News reported Kacamakovic saying.
Facing 12 to 18 months in jail, Kacamakovic’s lawyer, Michael Rosen, argued for leniency:
“His life has crumbled from a proud Naval airman to a proud member of the NYPD, to his family is now on food stamps,” Rosen said.
Rosen also argued that the victim’s claim that the tight handcuffs had broken the skin on his wrist was bogus – noting that he tried on a pair of handcuffs himself to disprove the claim.
“Don’t go ’50 Shades of Grey on me, Mr. Rosen,” Kuntz said, referring to the best-selling novel full of explicit scenes of sexual domination and restraints. “T.M.I. (Too Much Information) is what my daughter would say.”
Despite Kuntz’s plea against T.M.I., the judge showed mercy on the disgraced officer, sentencing him to probation.