2010-12-10 / Front Page

Doggie-Poo Police Brutality

By Howard Schwach
Detectives from the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau came to Rockaway on Thursday to interview a Rockaway Park woman who claims that she was beaten and arrested by police officers the day after Thanksgiving when she tried to explain that the dog poop on the ground was not from her dog.

Anna Stanczyc says that she was battered by two police officers who accused her of not picking up after her dog. Anna Stanczyc says that she was battered by two police officers who accused her of not picking up after her dog. Anna Stanczyc, 49, who lives on Shore Front Parkway, told The Wave late last week that she was doing her daily dog walk at approximately 8:20 a.m. on November 26 at Beach 78 Street and was returning to her apartment building when a police car pulled up and the two cops in the car got out and accused her of not picking up the poop generated by her dog.

“I had a plastic bag in my hand, and I explained to them that my dog did not poop, that it just peed in the street,” Stanczyc said. “I walk my dog every day at the same time, and then I go to St. Rose on Beach 84 Street. I don’t have much time, and the dog just peed. I showed the cop the plastic bag I use to pick up poop and the dog’s license on her collar.”

Richard DeMartino, a veteran of the 100 Precinct, received the Community Council’s Cop of the Month award in 2006. He is one of two cops accused of battering Stanczyc during the arrest. Richard DeMartino, a veteran of the 100 Precinct, received the Community Council’s Cop of the Month award in 2006. He is one of two cops accused of battering Stanczyc during the arrest. She said that Police Officer Richard DeMartino, assigned to the 100 Precinct, looked around on the grass and found some poop.

“It was old poop, it was already cold,” Stanczyc said. “I told the cop that it was not from my dog, that it was old and cold, but he ordered me to pick it up.”

Stanczyc said that she picked up the poop and expected to get a ticket from the cops, even though the poop was not from her pet.

“I told [the cops] that I didn’t do anything wrong, and they got angry,” she said. “They started to handcuff me behind my back. They pushed me and said that I was under arrest.”

She said that she struggled with them because she had dropped the dog’s leash and it was wandering away.

“Help my dog, somebody,” she said she yelled to some neighbors who were watching the action. “Help my dog.”

She said that her yelling further angered DeMartino and his partner, identified by Stanczyc as Police Officer Shaun Grossweiler.

“The cops pushed me into the back seat of their car, banging my head, and they started punching me in the face and breast,” she said.

She admits that she used her legs in an attempt to keep the cops from closing the car door, angering them, before they began beating her, but she told The Wave that she was only trying to get somebody to take charge of her pet terrier, Psotka – Polish for “prankster.”

An eyewitness, a neighbor who took Stanczyc’s dog in while she was undergoing booking, corroborated her story, but asked not to be identified for fear of retribution.

The cops took Stanczyc to Queens Central Booking, where she was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

After spending a night in court, she was released on her own recognizance and her case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. If she remains clean until May, the charges will be wiped from the slate, court officials say.

When Stanczyc and her husband, Janusz, showed up at The Wave on Wednesday, December 1, she was still obviously bruised and hurting. She walked with a limp and was frightened by the incident.

Her attorney, John Norinsberg, said that in his 20 years as an attorney, he had never seen another case where such extreme force was used under similar circumstances.

“This is an extreme case of outrageous conduct and there was no justification for beating an unarmed, handcuffed civilian, who was defenseless under their blows,” the attorney said.

He added that the case had been brought to the attention of both the Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

In addition, Norinsberg said, a suit will be filed sometime next week in federal court in Brooklyn.

Local police sources said they could not comment while the case was under investigation.

On Thursday, police officials told reporters that internal affairs detectives had opened a case and would interview both Stanczyc and the two police officers she has charged with brutality.

Meanwhile, Stanczyc says that she is suffering both physically and mentally from the beating.

“I haven’t been able to go out alone since the beating,” she said. “I am afraid of the police.”

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Stanczyc was not the only one

Stanczyc was not the only one who got a black eye--the NYPD did too. Once she "lawyers up" the city will be made to pay. DeMartino and his partner will be lucky if they end up with a street beat after this.


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