After two years in which to consider his assault of a handcuffed drug suspect in October 2011, Officer Anthony Williams showed absolutely no sense of remorse at his sentencing. “I shouldn’t be in this situation; I did nothing wrong,” he said. “Would I change what I did that day? No.”
What did he do that day?
Drug suspect Antoine Green had randomly broken into the home of Williams’s girlfriend to flee from police. Though police had Green handcuffed (after arresting him “without incident”) and on his way to Central Booking, Sgt. Marinos Gialamas ordered the suspect taken back to the home, where the off-duty Williams attacked him.
But not only did we have two police officers perfectly willing to abuse their power to bring bodily harm to a suspect in their custody, the detective who blew the whistle on the misconduct claims he was “targeted with taunts and threats from four different police supervisors.” He even found a dead rat on the hood of his car. According to the detective’s father, there has been no official investigation into the allegations of intimidation.
But back to Williams. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, 18 months of probation, and 200 hours of community service for second degree assault and hindering the investigation. Gialamas, who was convicted of misconduct, will be sentenced Friday. Prosecutors have asked for 60-day jail term.