BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn police officer pleaded guilty Monday to illegally handcuffing and detaining a man after a traffic dispute.
Admir Kacamakovic, 32, an eight-year NYPD veteran, intervened in an argument between two drivers in Brooklyn, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. When one of the men confronted him, saying he was going to file a complaint against the officer, Kacamakovic handcuffed the man, scarring his wrists.
“The defendant criminally abused the authority and public trust conferred on him by his status as a police officer,” said Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, in a statement. “Employing his badge, he subjected his victim to unlawful detention and injury. He has been held to account for his criminal acts and will not have the opportunity to repeat them."
Kacamakovic has since been removed from the force and is barred from ever serving in law enforcement again.
“A police officer who abuses his authority by falsely detaining and physically injuring a civilian inflicts broader damage," Mary Galligan, FBI acting assistant director in charge, said in a statement. "The admitted conduct of this defendant is an affront to civil society and the dedicated men and women who safeguard it.”
Kacamakovic faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced.