DA Upgrades Charges In Broad Channel Halloween Melee
The four Broad Channel residents involved in the egg-throwing, name-calling melee on Halloween were back in Queens Supreme Court on Monday, where District Attorney Richard Brown added a charge of aggravated harassment to the chares they were already facing.
Patrick Rich, 17, his mother, Patricia, 44, Robert Glade, 22, and Nicholas Stack, 16, were all arrested on October 31 and charged with various misdemeanors, including resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, riot, inciting to riot and disorderly conduct.
That new charge, a spokesperson for the district attorney says, arose out of the name-calling incident itself and the statements made later to police.
The younger Rich allegedly called Detective Stewart a "N--r Cop" and a "Monkey F-k" and called Riever a "N--r Lover" for being Stewart's partner and defending him.
The court papers added that he confessed to calling Stewart the names, but that, "I didn't mean N--r in that way. That's just the way I talk. I meant it in a friendly way."
The incident began, court sources say, with teens and young adults throwing eggs at passing cars at West 10 Road and Cross Bay Boulevard early on Halloween evening. An anti-crime unit from the 100 Precinct responded and Detective Marques Stewart, a black police officer, and Police Officer Benjamin Reiver got out of their car to confront the youths.
According to court papers released this week by the District Attorney, Stewart was questioning Patricia Rich about the incident when her son jumped on his back and hit him. At the same time, the court papers say, Patrick Rich, Glade and stack, joined by Patricia Rich goaded the crowd of approximately 100 onlookers to action by yelling racial epithets.
Glade told police that he did not know that Stewart was a police officer despite the fact that photographs taken at the scene clearly show that he had his shield on a chain around his neck and carried his radio in his hand.
Glade told police that he heard the word, "N--r used once or twice." He added, however, "There are two ways to use the word N--r depending on who says it. If an adult uses the word it would be different than if the word was said by a younger person or one of the people in the cells with him."
Patricia Rich, however charges that the detective overreacted to a prank.
"That officer was full of hate," she told reporters. I was trying to help."
The four face up to a year in jail if convicted of the bias charge, a spokesperson for Brown told The Wave on Wednesday.
The defendants are due back in court on January 8.