NEW YORK – When he was approached by a stranger looking for the Marcy Houses last December, Karim Baker says he gave directions without thinking about it.
The man who asked him, however, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, would execute NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu minutes later in front of the housing complex.
The former FedEx driver -- now employed but the Postal Service -- says he's been stopped by police at least 20 times over the past year, and claims a gang of officers roughed him up in late October. He took photos of his face after the attack, documenting the missing skin on his cheek and lips, as well as a swollen eye and deeply-scraped patch on his scalp.
Since he was never ticketed during the alleged police stops, there is no official record, but he was charged with resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing police and parking within 15 feet of a hydrant.
Police issued the following statement regarding that arrest, but did not responded to the alleged pattern of harassment:
"The arresting officer's supervisor notified IAB that Karim Baker was injured while resisting arrest. Mr. Baker was treated and released for minor cuts to his head and lip at a local hospital. The incident is being investigated by CCRB and the NYPD's Office of the Chief Of Department. No allegation of misconduct was reported by Mr. Baker at the time of his arrest."
“I have nothing in my heart against law enforcement at all,” Baker, who is the son of a former correction officer, told the New York Daily News. “I have no hatred at all toward law enforcement.”
Baker is now suing the city after filing a notice of claim in Queens Supreme Court for an unspecified amount of money.