NYPD officers Thomas Elliassen and Richard Danese – accused of assaulting and abandoning Rayshawn Moreno – pled guilty to disorderly conduct.

In 2007, Elliassen and Danese placed Moreno, who was 14 years old at the time, into their patrol car and drove him to a Staten Island swamp. They are accused of then forcing Moreno to strip half-naked and lie face down in the ground. According to prosecutors, they proceeded to kick Moreno while yelling racial slurs at him, later leaving the teenager stranded. Moreno had to walk a mile alongside railroad tracks in order to find help.

The officers claimed that they apprehended Moreno because they suspected him of Halloween mischief and egg throwing.

Because Moreno refused to testify against the officers, their felony chargers were lowered to violations and they remained employed by the NYPD on modified duty. Defense attorney for the officers, Salvatore Strazzullo, claims, “At the end of the day, the officers did Mr. Moreno a favor.”

Posted By: @ZakiyaTheGenius