Yonkers cop enters not guilty plea in brutality case
The Yonkers police officer who was seen on tape apparently slamming a woman to the ground pleaded not guilty to a federal civil rights charge in court Wednesday.
Officer Wayne Simoes was indicted by a grand jury last week. The charge stems from a May 2007 incident during which Simoes went into a restaurant to make an arrest. Video shows him grabbing 44-year-old Irma Marquez by the waist, hoisting her in the air and then slamming her face-first onto the floor. Marquez suffered a broken jaw as a result.
Simoes? attorney, Andrew Quinn, says the video only shows part of the story. "While the tape shows part of the story, what it cannot show is Officer Simoes' intent," Quinn says. "There was no intent to injure."
The case is set to go to trial in January.
AP wire reports contributed to this story.