QUEENS — A man who was in the parking lot of Fresh Meadows supermarket, waiting for his wife to finish getting groceries, was surprised when officer Milko Mejia rolled up behind him and began honking, according to reports.
Gamal Abdelaziz, who is a 57-yr-old American of Arab descent, realized that the officer wanted to drive past him, so Gamal moved to let the officer pass.
Gamal states that instead of driving past him, the officer pulled up to his side and began cursing and yelling “You fucking asshole!”
Gamal moved on, and drove to the front of the parking lot by the store.
Officer Mejia, however, began escalating the situation into violence.
Mejia was off-duty at the time and Gamal did not realize that Mejia was a police officer.
Escalating the situation even more, officer Mejia got out of his car and started heading on foot toward Gamal’s car.
Mejia finally got close to Gamal’s car and began broadcasting the fact that he was a police officer — as if his costume and his government-privilege gave him the right to curse and honk at anybody, anytime.
Gamal had his child with him at the time and just wanted to be left alone.
He told Mejia “Having a badge does not give you the right to curse at me.”
That’s when officer Mejia had the audacity to demand that Gamal hand over his keys and license, according to reports.
Gamal had not broken any law and was just trying to get home to cook food with his family.
Knowing his rights, he did not obey the officer’s command to surrender his keys and personal information.
Instead, he asked for the officer’s badge number to report the harassment.
Officer Mejia became even more enraged at that point.
Instead of giving his badge number, he resorted to initiating violence on Gamal in front of Gamal’s son.
According to court documents, the officer “brutally kicked Gamal in the testicles, and then repeatedly struck Gamal in the face, causing Gamal to fall to the ground, where the beating continued.”
During the beating the officer called Gamal a “terrorist” because of his Arab descent.
To make matters worse, the officer called his other government-privileged friends over for back-up.
When his fellow officers arrived, they arrested Gamal for “arguing with a sergeant.”
Gamal is now suing for violations of his civil rights.