A New York City plainclothes detective named Wojciech Braszczok was arrested yesterday on charges of riot and criminal mischief in connection with a road rage assault September 29 in Manhattan. According to the New York Police Department, Braszczok was one of “three to five” New York City cops who witnessed the assault on a driver named Alexian Lien. Six other men have been arrested in the case. They are Reggie Chance, Robert Sims, Christopher Cruz, Allen Edwards, Craig Wright and Clint Caldwell.
Lien who was driving a black Range Rover carrying his wife and daughter, struck a motorcycle rider, ran over four motorcycles, left one rider paralyzed and was pursued by an angry mob of sport bike riders. The paralyzed rider is named Jeremiah Mieses. When the riders caught Lien they dented his car, slashed his tires, knocked out his windows and beat him as his wife and child looked on.
Braszczok notified internal affairs investigators on October 2 that he had participated in the 90-block chase. He was arrested after investigators saw cell phone video of him punching and kicking Lien’s SUV.
Braszczok’s attorney, Phil Karasyk said yesterday that his client was off duty, was not carrying a gun or badge and was afraid he would be fired if he “blew his cover.” There has been no indication from the NYPD that Braszczok was actually working on any case remotely connected to an informal sport bike rally called “Hollywood Stuntz” in which all members of the angry mob are assumed to have been participating. Karasyk told The Associated Press that Braszczok “had no other option, so he drove away.”
The AP reported that Karasyk “works with the detectives’ union.” Internal affairs investigators are also questioning a Narcotics Detective named Samir Gonsalves who also participated in “Hollywood Stuntz.”
CBS Cop Apologist
This morning CBS News’ in house cop apologist, a man named John Miller who is a former deputy commissioner with the NYPD, said it was Braszczok’s responsibility not to “break cover.” Miller did allow, “that doesn’t mean that you can’t get in the middle and say, ‘Hey guys, break it up,’ or ‘let’s stop this.’ You don’t have to jump out and say, ‘I am a secret police officer’.”
Totally lacking any other basis except his own sentiments, Miller said “There’s something else here…he’s an undercover from the intelligence division. Those undercovers are involved in deep penetrations, terrorist cases, organized crime groups. There’s probably a case that may have a year or two years or who knows how long invested in it where this person is at the center of the investigation as an undercover where the bad guys just looked up and said, ‘Hey, we haven’t seen that guy, where is he,’ and when his name and face comes out, it won’t be the same name they know.”
Charlie Rose, another CBS “journalist” speculated that Braszczok’s arrest could result in “a lot of hard work down the drain.”
Miller agreed and added “and possibly something that could be prevented in terms of a plot or something else that they now have to go to Plan B for.”
CBS, which was once the pre-eminent news gathering enterprise in the world, seems to hold the editorial position that unless undercover cops are allowed to break the law Al Qaeda wins.