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.

The Voice‘s account of the incident and a video taken by one of Williams’s friends are here.