Charges dropped against Kyle Howell in police brutality case

Kyle Howell's attorneys say that the surveillance video shows two Nassau County police officers beating the 20-year-old after a traffic stop last month. Howell told News 12 that when he gave the officers his information, his paycheck started to fly out of his car door. He says when he reached for it, he was struck in the face by the officer’s knee. (5/19/14)

MINEOLA - A judge has thrown out all of the charges against a young man who claims he was beaten by Nassau County police.

Kyle Howell, 20, claims he was beaten during a traffic stop. He was charged with felony assault against a police officer. The decision to drop the charges came after an investigation by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

Surveillance video from the incident allegedly shows officers hitting and kicking Howell during the traffic stop in Westbury last month.

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As News 12 has reported, Nassau PBA President James Carver says the two officers acted appropriately. He claims Howell repeatedly ignored the officers’ commands to show his hands, had marijuana in plain sight and tried to run out of the car.

Carver says he was stunned that the charges were dropped, claiming that the two officers were never interviewed by the district attorney’s office about the incident.

“It’s apparent that they are on a mission to prosecute these two officers,” said Carver.

Meanwhile, Howell's attorneys claimed that the officers’ force was excessive, and had asked the judge to dismiss the assault charges.

Howell's lawyers are calling for criminal charges against police. The department has declined to comment.

The PBA says the two officers involved in the incident have been placed on modified duty.

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