'He Probably Has AIDS' -- Cops Yell Anti-Gay Slurs as they Brutally Beat Innocent Gay Man
Staten Island, NY — Louis Falcone was lying in bed on the night of June 19, when four NYPD cops showed up to his front door, pulled him outside and began beating him.
The incident was over an alleged noise complaint. According to Falcone, his brother showed up at 4:30 in the morning “obnoxiously drunk,” and the pair got into a heated argument.
“We had words,” Falcone said. “I was yelling at him; he was yelling at me.”
However, the argument quickly ended, his brother left, and Falcone was attempting to go back to sleep when the four public servants showed up to dole out a beat down.
“As I’m talking to them through the screen door, they’re saying to come outside,” Falcone told the NY Daily News. “I said, ‘For what?”
Then, according to Falcone, his dog began barking, at which point the cops threatening to kill it.
“The cops said, ‘Get your dog out of here or I’ll f***ing kill it!’” Falcone says. “I was like, ‘What do you mean you’re going to kill my dog?’”
As he was attempting to tell his dog to get back, he was pulled outside by one of the cops.
“They threw me against the concrete in front of my house,” he said. “My first reaction was to try to get up a little bit.”
A neighbor from across the street captured the incident on video.
In the video, you can see an officer go into the house and Falcone is dragged out into the yard. All four officers then proceed to pile on top of him and begin their attack. At one point, an officer can be seen stomping Falcone.
It was at this point, according to Falcone that the officers began yelling their homophobic slurs. While the only audible sounds on the short video, are Falcone’s screams of agony, he says as they beat him they called him a “f**”and a “f****t.”
Falcone recounted the beating to the NY Daily News, “While I was on the ground, I had mud and blood in my mouth,” he said. “One (of the cops) said, ‘Don’t let it get on you, he probably has AIDS, the f****t.’”
Falcone, who had just undergone surgery on his foot and was wearing a boot, was beaten to the point of hospitalization. Falcone says he was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his face and body, and needed more foot surgery.
After Falcone was brutally assaulted by these officers, he was never charged with a crime. He has since hired an attorney and plans to sue in federal court for civil rights violations.
“How can you do that – four people on one skinny, scrawny little guy?” Falcone’s lawyer, Eric Subin asked. “They’re criminals; they belong behind bars.”