Statement on Staten Island DA Dismissing Charges Against William Colon

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Christopher Pisciotta, Attorney-In-Charge of the Staten Island Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society, issued the following statement today responding to the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office dismissing charges brought against William Colon – the Staten Island man with disabilities who was violently arrested by police in late September.

“This is a case that the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office should never have brought. In addition to William Colon’s needless interaction with the criminal justice system, he was also brutally assaulted by Officer Vincenzo Trabolse, an attack which could have been fatal. While this dismissal does bring the right closure, it should not absolve the NYPD from terminating Trabolse, an officer with an established history of wrongdoing.”