911 tapes played at police brutality trial

Jurors in the trial of two Ocean Beach police officers accused of assault got to hear a series of 911 calls placed the night of the alleged incident. The two officers are accused of beating tourist Sam

News 12 Staff

Mar 16, 2009, 11:46 PM

Updated 5,609 days ago

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Jurors in the trial of two Ocean Beach police officers accused of assault got to hear a series of 911 calls placed the night of the alleged incident.
The two officers are accused of beating tourist Sam Gilberd after he kicked the door of the police station, where he'd been given a ticket for littering. Defense lawyers have said Gilberd was drunk, fought with officers and fell, causing his injuries.
The recordings were tapes of the Ocean Beach police, Suffolk County police and other rescuers-- taking the accuser, Sam Gilberd, from Fire Island to the mainland in August 2005. The first call played was made by George Hesse, the sergeant accused of the assault, calling for an ambulance for an intoxicated male having difficulty breathing. Hesse is heard on the tape saying, "I think he's pretending, but who knows,? of Gilberd.
In another call, a different officer requests a Medivac helicopter for Gilberd. Later on, a person in an ambulance says "negative helicopter, patient's combative." The officers decided to take Gilberd to the mainland by boat. A rescue worker on the next call says at that point Gilberd is unconscious.
Earlier Monday, Gilberd finished testifying under cross-examination and said he did not recall many details about that night.


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