Strolling through the Bronx late one night in 2011, 17-year-old Tyre Davis remarked to his friend that the immediate vicinity smelled like dog feces. A moment later, Officer Joseph Murphy and Office Jose Ocasio arrested him for disorderly conduct. When Davis was released, the officers took him to an alley and pummeled him in the face and body. Davis later told the Daily News, “I thought I was going to die.” Yesterday, a judge convicted both police officers of misdemeanor assault.
The Times reports that Judge Julio Rodriguez III weighed evidence that included surveillance footage of the two officers “punching and kicking the teenager.”
Ocasio, 31, and Murphy, 29, were also convicted of harassment, which is a violation.
As for their punishment, Bronx DA Robert Johnson said he will ask for parole. Because Murphy and Ocasio weren’t convicted of felonies, they may be able to keep their jobs. An NYPD spokesman told the Times their fate was uncertain.