NEW YORK – Two off-duty police officers who were stuck in traffic are facing charges they kicked, punched and pistol-whipped a man whose open car door was blocking their lane of traffic.
Kollen Robinson, 24, and Michelle Anglin, 37, have been stripped of their badges and guns and are being investigated by Internal Affairs, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Tuesday. The women have pleaded not guilty to gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
"If these allegations prove true, it's a horrendous case, a horrendous situation," Kelly said.
The officers were in Robinson's SUV when they got stuck in traffic around 5 p.m. Friday. A motorist, Marlon Smith, was blocking their lane with his open car door.
One of the officers yelled at Smith to shut the door; he yelled back an insult and a profanity-laced argument erupted.
According to a criminal complaint, the women got out of the car and walked over to Smith's car; he tried to slam the door, but Anglin sprayed him in the face with Mace.
Then Smith got out of the car and tried to grab Anglin; according to the complaint, Robinson started punching him, saying, "Do you know who you are ——ing with? We are the police."
Robinson is accused of smacking Smith with a baton and pistol-whipping him. The victim also had a gun pointed in his face.
Attorneys for the two women had no comment. Robinson had been on the force since 2006, Anglin since 2005.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he received 25 staples to his scalp to close three cuts. He was also suffering from blurry vision and bruises on his face.