Some citizens are no strangers to the baton's end of police brutality, but it's rare for another cop to be the recipient of it. Yet that's exactly what Larry Jackson, a six-year veteran assigned to the 110th Precinct, says happened to him last weekend. "To get my butt beat like that was unnecessary...I'm shocked, angry and disappointed," he told the Daily News.
Jackson called police when a gunman menaced guests at his daughter's birthday party in Queens. His wife, who talked to police on the phone, identified her husband as a cop; when they arrived, the gunman had already left, but a fight broke out anyway. Jackson said cops hit at least six family members and friends with batons. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Jackson claims he was treated like the criminal, and suffered a broken right hand and multiple bruises from kicks and billy-club blows.
Jackson, who was wearing an apron with the slogan "I'm the chef and I'm awesome" on it at the time, was knocked down at one point and fell on his 82-year-old mother-in-law, who briefly lost consciousness. "I'm covering my face and getting hit everywhere. Then somebody pepper sprayed me," he said. Jackson believes the excessive force by the cops, who were white, might have been racially motivated: "They didn't treat me like a house-owner calling for help...Everyone who lives in the 113th Precinct is not a perp." (The 113th includes St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park and Locust Manor.) Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Jackson "was injured as a result of a dispute at the party."