2005-11-25 / Community

BC Man Says Maced, Arrested By Police

By Howard Schwach

A Broad Channel man is charging police of the 100 Precinct with ignoring his complaints about errant teenagers and with macing, handcuffing and arresting him instead of the teens who have been terrorizing his neighborhood.

Mike Ryan, a former New York City firefighter and U.S. Army Veteran says he was returning to his home at 24 East 9 Road at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 12, with his girlfriend, Danielle DiGregorio, when he saw a few of the neighborhood teens in his driveway. DiGregorio told The Wave that the couple and neighbors had opngoing problems.

DiGregorio went to bring the food into the house, while Ryan stopped to ask the teens to get off his property. An argument ensued between Ryan and the growing group of kids and 911 was called.

“We had called 911 about these kids many times,” she says. “The cops either ignored the calls, came after the kids left, or refused to do anything about the problem,” she charges.

She says that the last call was on Halloween night, when two of the kids “were having sex on the car across the street from the house.” She says that police never responded.

John Bil, a neighbor who heard the ruckus, came out to see what was going on. Ryan says that one of the kids hit Bil with a bottle, causing a knot on his head and two black eyes.

When the police responded, Ryan says, however, the teens all split.

Ryan says that he tried to explain to the cops that this was an ongoing problem. He believes that the police took his insistence that they do something in the wrong way.

His girlfriend says that she went into the house to get some ice for Bil and when she came out, Ryan was “yelling” at the police, “asking them how many times he had to call before something was done.”

Ryan says that a sergeant ordered that he be arrested.

He charges that he was grabbed and handcuffed. While he was being put into the car without resisting, he says, he was sprayed with mace.

“While we were in the car going to central booking, the cops were laughing about my arrest and they might “lose my paperwork,” Ryan says.

Ryan was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but that all the charges were dismissed.

His paperwork was lost, however, and he remained in a cell at Queens Central Booking until 10 p.m. on Sunday before his release.

“This has really been a travesty,” DiGregorio says. “Broad Channel is being overrun by kids who have no respect either for the people who live there or for the police. Now, we have to be afraid that if we call the police they will turn us into the criminals.”

Calls to the New York City Police Department for comment went unreturned at press time.

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