Two police detectives beat up United States Postal Service worker for parking car near a fire hydrant


Karim Baker 
By: Mahesh Sarin

Two police detectives were arrested on charge of assault after allegedly beating up a United States Postal Service worker who was in uniform, for parking his vehicle near a fire hydrant, police in New York said.

The two New York City Police Department detectives have been indicted on a charge of assaulting a uniformed U.S. Postal employee who had just finished his shift.

One of the officers also perjured himself when filing a sworn criminal complaint with the court.

Detective Angelo J. Pampena, 31, who has been an NYPD officer for nine years, and Detective Robert A. Carbone, 29, who has been an NYPD officer for eight years, were assigned the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens North Gang Unit.

Detective Pampena is charged with second and third-degree assault, second-degree perjury, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct.

Detective Carbone is charged with second and third-degree assault. If convicted, both defendants face up to seven years in prison.

According to the police investigation, Detectives Pampena and Carbone approached the victim, U.S. Postal employee Karim Baker, 26, who was still in uniform, after he had just entered his parked personal vehicle.

While Baker was seated in his vehicle, the two detectives punched and kicked him multiple times in his face and body.

They then dragged Baker from the vehicle and onto the sidewalk. Baker suffered serious physical injuries. Detective Pampena later filed a sworn criminal court complaint, alleging that Baker was parked directly in front of a fire hydrant.

Video evidence showed that the vehicle was parked more than fifteen feet from the hydrant.