Josh Williams, Beaten by Cops in June, Gets Specious Charges Dropped
Prosecutors in Brooklyn yesterday dismissed all charges against Josh Williams, a gay man who was beaten by police officers outside the 79th Precinct station house on June 2.
Williams [pictured at right], 26, had been charged with resisting arrest following the violent early morning encounter in which he was slammed against a car by police and onto the sidewalk, after an officer falsely accused him of urinating on the station house. At least one of the officers used a homophobic slur in the encounter. The case was dismissed for insufficient evidence on a motion by the Brooklyn District Attorney's office.
An Internal Affairs investigation into the actions of the police officers is ongoing.
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