2011-08-19 / Top Stories

Rockaway Thug Sues Over Jailhouse Beating

By Howard Schwach


Lee Woods shortly after an assault arrest in Rockaway before the police slaying. Lee Woods shortly after an assault arrest in Rockaway before the police slaying. Rockaway thug Lee Woods, who was convicted of killing a police officer in 2007, says that he was brutally beaten by correction officers a few months after he was arrested and wants restitution from the city.

Woods’ charges are now at trial in a Manhattan courtroom.

For its part, the city doesn’t dispute that Woods, 33, was injured after he threw food and grew belligerent on October 26, 2007 – three months after he was arrested for slaying Officer Russell Timoshenko and wounding another officer after a traffic stop went bad.

Woods says he was “jumped” by the guards, who broke two ribs and his eye socket, punched him in the face with handcuff-wrapped fists and ripped out some of his dreadlocks.

“I’m getting assaulted by all of these officers. And I’m trying to get back up and cover my face,” Woods recounted for the jury.

Lawyers for the city say he attacked the guards four times, flung food and expletives, and would not follow commands.

“You will understand that these officers were just doing their job,” said city lawyer Jenny Weng.

Woods is seeking unspecified damages. He was at the Rikers Island jail in Queens after being arrested for the murder of Timoshenko, who was shot in the face July 9, 2007, in Crown Heights after pulling over a stolen BMW with three men inside who opened fire.

Timoshenko’s partner, Officer Herman Yan, was also hit but survived.

Woods, along with a second defendant, Dexter Bostic, was convicted of aggravated murder and sentenced to life in prison. A third defendant was acquitted of murder but got 15 years for gun possession. All three men were from Rockaway.

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