Good Cop, Bad Cop?, A News 12 Westchester special report
Clay Tiffany, a public access television host who speaks out against authorities, is accusing a Briarcliff Manor police officer of crossing the line.
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 Nick 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.
The U.S. Attorney's Office also investigated the allegations against Tartaglione and found there was not enough evidence to charge him with any civil rights crime. But News 12 Westchester has learned the county's DA office is reopening the case and is currently interviewing witnesses.