Praise Sentencing of Officers Caught Punching and Kicking Teen

Jose Ocasio and Joseph Murhpy Bronx DA

Target: Bronx Criminal Court Judge Julio Rodriguez III

Goal: Thank Judge Rodriguez for delivering impartial justice to officers for punching and kicking a teenager.

A current and a former NYPD officer have both been sentenced to thirty days in prison for roughing up a teenage suspect outside of a precinct in 2011.  Officers Joseph Murphy and Jose Ocasio, who has since resigned, were caught on camera punching and kicking seventeen-year-old Tyre Davis after he had been processed for disorderly conduct charges. The two had hoped for a conditional discharge and community service, but instead will have to serve time.

Stories of law enforcement controversy have dominated headlines across the country recently. The stories often end with officers not being held accountable for abusing power, harassing citizens, or mistreating suspects. Rather, little or inconsequential punishment is usually administered, perhaps because of a reluctance on the part of local District Attorneys to work against local law enforcement. In this case, Justice Julio Rodriguez III decided that the two officers had engaged in “criminal, inexcusable conduct,” and should be sentenced as such. For delivering impartial justice when it was due, in a situation where it is often sidestepped, Justice Rodriguez deserves recognition. Let him know his commitment to fairness is appreciated by signing this petition.


Dear Justice Rodriguez:

You recently were faced with the difficult task of administering justice to two individuals who work to enforce it. Officers of the law have very difficult jobs, and their service is invaluable to us, yet when they abuse their power they should be punished accordingly. Thank you for keeping this in mind and sentencing officers Murphy and Ocasio of the 46th Precinct fairly.

We place a lot of trust in law enforcement officers, and so it’s especially crucial that they behave civilly and temperately in order to establish a stronger relationship with the public. This is only possible if abusive officers who exhibit criminal behavior–as officers Murphy and Ocasio did when they attempted to jump a teenager, who had already been charged and released, in an alley outside the precinct–are not given leeway but receive fair and appropriate sentencing.

Thank you for administering blind justice, and I hope you continue to serve your community with such objective, principled impartiality.


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Photo Credit: Bronx County District Attorney

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