A gay man in Staten Island says he plans to sue the NYPD in federal court for civil rights violations after cops beat him outside his front yard while shouting anti-gay slurs during a confrontation last month.
Louis Falcone, 31, told the New York Daily News how police arrived at his home on June 19 to investigate a noise complaint involving him and his brother. Things quickly turned sour, however, as Falcone said cops threatened to kill his dog and proceeded to throw him against the concrete in front of his house. He said cops called him a “fag” and “faggot” during the ensuing pin-down and stepped on his foot, which had a boot on it and was recovering from a recent surgery.
Falcone added that while he was on the ground, he had mud and blood in his mouth and heard one officer tell the others: ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the faggot.”
Falcone was handcuffed but not charged in the incident. He said he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and required more foot surgery.
The outdoor scuffle was captured on video from across the street. Watch the footage below: