Trippin' On A Hooker

Pushcart James Says He Saw a Man Beat a Prostitute Named Pork Chop. Pushcart Is a Dope Fiend. The Alleged John Is a Policeman.

Conlon, a five-year veteran of the department, was charged with patronizing a prostitute, official misconduct, and receiving a reward for official misconduct.

"It is alleged that while on bicycle patrol and in uniform the defendant . . . routinely visited a brothel . . . where he engaged in sexual intercourse without paying for the services," Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said last Thursday. "The conduct alleged here is truly repugnant to any right-minded person and, regrettably, disgraces the tens of thousands of honest police men and women who wear the shield."

Conlon is currently assigned to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens. He has been suspended without pay for a maximum of 30 days and could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Streetwalker: The NYPD says an undercover cop patronized a Harlem prostitute.
Michael Sofronski
Streetwalker: The NYPD says an undercover cop patronized a Harlem prostitute.

The departmental charges against Officer Colon may rest on the words of a heroin junkie, who works as a prostitute, and a foul-mouthed, homeless dope fiend with a predilection for homophobic and misogynistic ebonics.

Pushcart James was familiar with the johns who drove by every night beneath the Park Avenue El looking for "Pork Chop," their favorite prostitute. "I gave her that name because she fat, and all the bitch want is pork chops all day," he says.

James claims he "bought [Pork Chop] from a nigga" three years ago, but he denies he is her pimp. "No, I'm not a pimp," he insists, "not no fuckin' pimp!" Friends of James say prostitutes such as Pork Chop, who are fearful of being beaten, robbed, or cheated by johns, depend on him for protection.

"Man pull up [and] that bitch go out there," James says.

Everything seemed routine on the early morning of March 12 when the alleged john— who James later would come to know as Officer Colon— pulled up at the corner of 123rd Street and Park Avenue. Besides claiming that someone resembling Colon frequently solicited sex from Pork Chop, Pushcart James knew little or nothing about the undercover officer who joined the department in 1993 and was assigned to the South Bronx Drug Initiative. James says he's not interested in the résumés of Pork Chop's clientele.

"If you see a car around here and a bitch and a nigga in it you gonna say they fuckin'," right?" he scoffs.

According to James, Colon and Pork Chop agreed to $25 for "half and half— pussy and head." James says that around 2:50 a.m. he saw when Pork Chop get into Colon's car and Colon, who was off-duty, took his pants off and "start whuppin' the bitch." Suddenly, James alleges, "the man just tripped" and began to beat the prostitute. "The muthafuckin' man tripped," he reiterated. "You know how you trip, man? The man just tripped. He did."

He said he and a group of unidentified homeless people began to throw bottles and rocks at the officer's car. "I couldn't leave ma bitch," he says. "I had to get ma bitch out. I'd kill that muthafucka in that car." (One NYPD source confirms: "Apparently during a struggle some homeless people came to her aid.") James said that while Pork Chop's liberators distracted Colon, one of her girlfriends yanked her from the car.

"The bitch is butt-naked, telling me to go in the car and pull out her pocketbook," James sneers. "I told her, 'Fuck you, bitch, I'm not going in that car."'

The officer allegedly got out of the car "with his pants below his knees," pointed his gun toward the ground, and fired. James now believes that Colon was not aiming at anyone. "He didn't shoot at nobody," he remembers. "The man was trying to scare people off. . . . [He] wasn't trying to kill nobody. I laid there and when he seen [there] wasn't no fear, the man tried to leave."

James later asked Pork Chop, who was not charged, what happened in the car. "She swore to God she didn't try to rob the man," he claims. But James had his doubts. "I know the bitch is a thief."

Additional reporting: Karen Mahabir and AP

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