Disgraced Staten Island cop Michael Daragjati, 32, was sentenced to 57 months in prison on Friday, after a sentencing hearing filled with so much racist doublespeak that it would make any decent human being cringe.
Daragjati was charged after being caught on a FBI wiretap bragging about how he had “fried another n—–” after falsely arresting a black man, a move that finally put an end to an NYPD career plagued with racism and poor conduct. Daragjati pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of Kenrick Gray, who complained about rough treatment during a routine stop-and-frisk and was then arrested.
Daragjati was somehow still employed as one of New York’s Finest despite being the subject of three previous civil rights lawsuits and a racially-charged CCRB complaint.
During sentencing, Daragjati tried to argue that his use of the N-word was merely a reference to any person who breaks the law, not a racially-charged slur. (An absurd claim, since last time we checked, it wasn’t actually possible to change the collectively agreed-upon meaning of a word whenever you feel like it.)
Daragjati’s sentencing happened just as Stop-and-Frisk is becoming a hot issue in the city, a phenomenon that the disgraced cop attempted to twist to his advantage. He told Judge William Kuntz that spending time in prison had opened his eyes to the realities of racial profiling:
“People don’t like the cops,” he said. “This stop and frisk nonsense goes on. …I just spent eight months in prison with 120 males and I’ve heard their stories. These people should hate me and rightfully so. I’ve opened my eyes to things I’ve never seen before.”
However, the judge wasn’t having it, and told Daragjati, “You embraced the anti-cop way, the criminal way.” Daragjati also could not have been more unlucky in the choice of judges. Judge Kurtz, who is African-American, had previously served on the Civilian Complaint Review Board before being appointed to the bench.
Daragjati will serve four years for extortion, and then another nine months for the civil rights violation.
In addition, eight cops who wrote to the judge in support of Daragjati may now face investigation from NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.