Local Cops Charged In Firefighter Assault
Two off-duty NYPD cops assigned to the 101 Precinct's anti-crime team were busted on Wednesday for beating and nearly blinding a Long Beach firefighter in a Saturday night bar fight that was reportedly started by an "inappropriate remark" that was made to the firefighter's sister by one of the two Rockaway cops, Nauuau County authorities told The Wave on Thursday morning.
Long Beach police identified the two arrested men as Douglas Rome, 25, and Jason Ragoo, 26, both of whom are assigned to the three-man plainclothes precinct unit that monitors crime in Far Rockaway and that addresses major crime issues, such as drugs and guns.
An unofficial law enforcement source said recenlty that the team ia one of the most effective in the precinct.
Nassau County law enforcement sources say that Brian McNamara, 32, of Long Beach and his unidentified sister, 22, were at a bar on West Beech Street, near Virginia Avenue in Long Beach when one of the cops made a remark to the sister.
McNamara reportedly said something back to the cops and the altercation began.
That area, which features dozens of bars and restaurants, many with outdoor service during hot evenings, is a magnet for young people in Rockaway who cannot find such service on the peninsula.
Many local cops reportedly go to that area when their tours end.
NCPD sources say that McNamara, a career Long Beach fireman, was viciously kicked and punched by the two off-duty cops while his sister screamed for them to stop.
Reports say that McNamara may lose his sight as a result of the beating.
The two cops surrendered to Nassau County prosecutors on Wednesday night and were charged with assault. A third man is being sought in the assault, but police sources declined to identify that person.
Charles Theofan, Long Beach's city manager told reporters, "This was an horrific beating. Not only did they punch and kick him over and over again, but when he got up and ran, they chased him and beat and kicked him again."
A local law enforcement sourcesaid that it took so long to make the arrest because the firefighter initally declined to press charges against the two cops, but later notified Nassau County police officials that he had changed his mind.A spokesperson for the New York City Police Department said that the two had been suspended from the department pending the resolution of the case.