FOUR New York City police officers and one civilian were charged with misdemeanors on Friday, February 15, for their involvement in the beating of an Irish immigrant who lost his sight in one eye in Yonkers in September.Misdemeanor charges?
Peter Cummins, 26, from Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, suffered a cracked skull, nasal fractures and permanent loss of sight to his left eye when a fight broke out on McLean Avenue in Yonkers on September 14, just after 3 a.m. Words were exchanged between two off duty New York City police officers and their friend, insulting Cummins female friend, which resulted in a brawl.
The Irish community has expressed disdain with the charges as they emerged over the weekend. Asked not to be identified, a businessman in the community said it was ridiculous that “they are going to get away with this.”So is justice being served, or is "the system" sweeping an incident under the rug?
“The lad (Cummins) was in hospital for a few days after this assault and the cops are only being charged with a misdemeanor. Third degree assault is usually when someone is left with a bruise or a bad pain. This poor young man is waiting on his eye to be removed – that’s more than a bruise to me,” he said infuriated.
“I was under the impression they were going to be charged with first degree assault, which is a gang felony. If these were Irish lads who attacked a cop you can be sure that they would be up for first degree assault.”