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.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 30, 2013