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Brooklyn Prosecutor Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Punch at Cop

Yaser Othman
Yaser Othman
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BROOKLYN — An off-duty Brooklyn prosecutor was arrested in Queens and charged with taking a swing at an undercover NYPD sergeant after several cops stopped him after his swerving car cut them off, DNAinfo.com has learned.

The cops also found a small amount of marijuana his car.

Yaser Othman, an assistant district attorney for two years, allegedly was driving his car through Queens late Saturday night when he swerved past a car filled with undercover narcotics cops.

The officers turned on their lights and sirens and pulled him over. When they ordered Othman out of his car, he allegedly took a swing at the sergeant.

It is not clear where Othman was coming from or going to.

Othman was taken into custody and charged with attempted assault of a police officer, obstructing justice, resisting arrest, marijuana possession and reckless endangerment. He was arraigned Sunday and released on his own recognizance, according to a spokesman for Queens DA Richard Brown.

Othman was represented by Legal Aid at his arraignment, but he said in the future he would be representing himself. His next court appearance is July 24.

A spokesman for the Brooklyn DA said Othman has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.