New York Daily News After Daily News Story On Youth's Roosevelt Island Beating, Ben Kallos Calls For Investigation by Celeste Katz
Following a Daily News story on a man whose family says he was nearly beaten to death by Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department officers, City Council candidate Benjamin Kallos wants to know: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Democrat Kallos, a Manhattan lawyer and consultant running in CD 5, is asking the state Inspector General's office to investigate the incident. He's also pushing for “a community oversight body composed of residents in any resolution to our complaint."
“This solution is the only resolution that can help to prevent future incidents," he said. “An investigation by the [IG] can finally put an end to this ongoing problem making Roosevelt Island a safer place for residents who shouldn’t be afraid of those sworn to protect them."
As our Stepansky, Gregorian and Ross reported Tuesday, Anthony Jones claims he suffered fractured ribs and a pierced lung when Roosevelt Island "peace officers" attacked him as he awaited a friend outside an apartment building.
Jones, 20, got "maced, severely kicked, beaten and then handcuffed" in the Jan. 13 episode -- but never charged with a crime, his lawyer said.
At a news conference Wednesday, Jones' mother, Monica Vega, said one of the officers threatened her with arrest when she tried to visit her son in the hospital. Vega also said she got a menacing phone call from the department's chief, Keith Guerra, after going public with the story.
The RIPSD declined to comment on the incident to the News.
Also not talking: The Manhattan DA's office, which Vega wants to probe the beatdown.
Kallos, whose government experience includes time with the state Assembly and Community Board 8, says he went to acting IG Catherine Leahy Scott and not city authorities with his complaint because the 37-member RIPSD falls under the purview of the state's Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.