Man cries cover up in Freeport police shooting

A man who was shot six times by Freeport police in July and indicted on criminal weapons charges spoke out Tuesday for the first time since the incident. Franz Byer, who maintains he did not have a gun

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2007, 9:06 PM

Updated 6,100 days ago

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A man who was shot six times by Freeport police in July and indicted on criminal weapons charges spoke out Tuesday for the first time since the incident.
Franz Byer, who maintains he did not have a gun as police and prosecutors claim, insisted he was the real victim in this incident.
"I am a 21-year-old man that's been maimed and wounded by senseless violence," he said while surrounded by supporters at the A. Holly Patterson Facility, where he's receiving treatment. "I was attacked and assaulted by members of the Freeport Police Department, who shot me repeatedly in the back and have forever changed my life."
In September, Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice released a report in which officers were deemed justified for discharging their weapons in the July 14 incident. Freeport police stood by the report.
Fred Brewington, Byer's attorney, said the district attorney engaged in a cover up, discounting witnesses who wouldn't stick to the officers' story.
"We can show they twisted and manipulated facts for their own benefit."
To watch the extended interview with the man shot by police in Freeport, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.
Related Information:Chargeslowered against man shot by Freeport copsGrandjury indicts Freeport man amid cover-up claimsProtestersplea for naming of cops in Freeport shooting


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