Good Cop, Bad Cop? Part 2, A News 12 Westchester special report
Has a Briarcliff Manor police officer crossed the line or is his accuser lying?
Nick Tartaglione is accused of police brutality by several people including Clay Tiffany, a public access television host who speaks out against authorities, and Pawling residents Dale Paegelow and Ed Jacob.
Tiffany says on July 17, 1999, he was doing his usual long distance after hours swim in the Hudson River at Scarborough Park. He says after he came out of the water at about 10:30 p.m., he began collecting his belongings. It was then when Tiffany says Officer Tartaglione, in uniform and on duty, showed up on foot right behind him.
Tiffany says Tartaglione sprayed mace in his eyes and began kicking him in the ribs and in the face. Tiffany says after the incident, two ribs were broken and he had to get stitches underneath both eyes.
Tartaglione was never charged with any wrongdoing in the case, but recently agreed to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that paid Tiffany $200,000. In the settlement, Tartaglione did not admit any guilt or liability.
As for 54-year-old Paegelow, he claims that in January of 1996 he was assaulted by Tartaglione who at the time was a Pawling police officer. Paegelow says Tartaglione knocked on his car window, accused him of being drunk and then hit in the eye, knocking him out.
Officer Tartaglione denied any wrongdoing in the Paegelow case and an FBI civil rights investigation concluded that no action should be taken against the officer.
In the case involving Jacob, he says Tartaglione abused him while he was handcuffed. But once again, the FBI investigated and no charges were ever filed.
Although Tartaglione commented on the Tiffany case, he would not discuss any of the other allegations.
The Briarcliff Police Department did suspend Tartaglione for more than three years after he was charged with perjury during an unrelated arrest he made. But, Tartaglione was exonerated in court and was put back on the force earlier this month.
Even though he has never been charged with any crimes, News 12 Westchester has learned the county DA's office has reopened its case and is currently interviewing witnesses.
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