An NYPD officer is being investigated for a possible hate crime after Stephanie Dorceant, 29, has accused him of assaulting her and calling her a "f***ing dyke".
Dorceant was arrested early morning July 11th in Brooklyn for allegedly assaulting Officer Salvator Aquino. She is facing felony assault charges, as well as charges for harassment, menacing, and resisting arrest. However, Dorceant says Aquino attacked her, supplying this statement through her attorneys:
During the assault, Aquino was off duty and Dorceant says he identified himself as a police officer only just before uniformed officers arrived on the scene, before handcuffing her and her girlfriend.
The criminal complaint lodged against Dorceant alleges the officer saw she and her girlfriend, Nandi Allman arguing as he was walking to his car, and that she was the initial attacker after they bumped into each other. Dorceant said at a press conference Thursday the complaint was full of lies. A judge has ruled prosecutors have until January to indict Dorceant, or else the charges will be dismissed. An attorney for Dorceant said he is confident the charges will be dropped before that time.
The civil rights bureau of the Brooklyn DA's office is investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. A friend to the couple has started a fundraiser for Dorceant's legal fees.
Source: Huffington Post, Photo: Stephanie Dorceant