An NYPD officer who was caught on tape cold cocking an Occupy Wall Street protestor has been granted a tax-free disability pension from alleged injuries that occurred during the scuffle.
On October 14, 2011, Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona was caught on tape grabbing protestor Felix Rivera-Pitre from behind, and before he could react, punched him square in the face. The incident occurred in the Financial District of New York City.
The official story from the NYPD was that Rivera-Pitre was the instigator, and tried to elbow Cardona. This, however, was not seen on camera. Instead, Rivera-Pitre can be seen walking down the street with other protestors when Cardona attacked.
According to the NY Daily News,
Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said other video shows Cardona caught in a headlock and that Cardona was trampled and hurt so badly he suffered back injuries and needed hip replacement surgery and operations on both knees.
Again, this was not seen in the video. Instead, after Cardona fell on top of Rivera-Pitre, Cardona immediately got up and detained him.
According to sources, Cardona, 50, will receive a three-quarters tax-free disability pension — roughly $120,000 a year.
Though no charges were ever filed, Rivera-Pitre filed a lawsuit against the NYPD and settled for $50,000.
Ron Kuby, his lawyer, was incredulous to learn about Cardona’s pension. Kuby asked,
“What’s his disability? He hurt his fist when he punched Occupy Wall Street protesters? If he went out on a psychological disability that would have been appropriate. At least he’s off the force.”
Watch Deputy Inspector Cardona punch Rivera-Pitre here:
h/t: NY Daily News