2005-05-27 / Front Page

Melee Inside 100 Precinct Stationhouse

Officers Injured In Prisoner Assault
By Brian Magoolaghan

  • A berserk, blood-spitting prisoner injured three police officers last Saturday inside a holding cell at the 100 Precinct stationhouse, The Wave has learned.
  • The fracas broke out as EMTs were treating Daniel Curtin, 45, who was arrested with another man, Richard Cotter, 54. The men allegedly beat each other up inside their residence at 165 Beach 119 Street.

    Curtin, who was already treated at the scene for his injuries, requested additional medical attention after being locked up. Police requested EMS, and Officer Tina Polson escorted EMTs to Curtin’s cell when they arrived.

    But a source says Curtin was ready to rumble again. The prisoner allegedly kicked Polson in her chest, knee and arm as she tried to get handcuffs on him, according to court records.

    Officers Benjamin Reiver and Michael Ceuth were also hurt as they came to Polson’s aid. Reiver suffered a dislocated hand and torn thumb ligaments when he was kicked in the arm and hand; Curtin allegedly spit blood in Ceuth’s face and bruised his left shoulder with a kick, according to court records.

    A mass of police responded to the in-house melee and eventually slapped cuffs on Curtin who, according to a source, possessed “freakish strength.”

    With his hands secured behind his back, Curtin furiously banged his head against a wall and threatened to blame the injuries on police, according to a source, who said the entire episode was captured by video cameras inside the cell.

    The injured officers went to local hospitals for evaluation.

    Curtin was sent for medical observation at an undisclosed location. His alleged assault on the officers added two assault charges and one for obstructing governmental administration to the initial charges stemming from the altercation with Cotter, according to a spokesperson for District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

    Curtin and Cotter were charged with assault and harassment in their alleged assault on each other.

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