Posted on January 2, 2015

White Inmate Says Cell Beatdown Was Reprisal for Garner, Brown

Julia Marsh, New York Post, December 22, 2014

A white inmate is suing the city for $10 million claiming a black correction officer beat him up as reprisal for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Joseph Haggerty, who’s locked up in the Lower Manhattan courthouse jail for violating a restraining order by his ex-girlfriend, says he asked an unnamed guard to move him from an overcrowded holding pen on Sept. 18.

The 45-year-old says in court papers that the jail guard told him to move his “white ass” then he punched him in the ribs saying “this was retaliation for the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases,” the Manhattan civil suit says.

The hack then sent Haggerty to another cell where four different black officers assaulted him, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit claims.

The 45-year-old was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and treated for two rib fractures and a punctured lung.