Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ocean Beach Police Department

Attorneys D. Carl Lustig, III and Robert C. Gottlieb held a press conference on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. to announce the filing of a notice of claim against the village of Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach Police Department, and the police department’s Chief of Police and a number of police officers and to demand that the Suffolk county District Attorney investigate and prosecute the village of Ocean Beach police officers who criminally, brutally and viciously attacked a New York City businessman as he was leaving the village police station.

Samuel Gilberd and his wife, Kana Manglapus, took a four day vacation in Ocean Bay Park in late august. In the morning hours of August 28, 2005 after a night out, Mr. Gilberd was brought to the police station to receive a summons for littering. As he was leaving the police station, Mr. Gilberd closed the station house door in a way that offended the police officers. One of the police officers warned Mr. Gilberd “now you’ve really made the sergeant mad” and together with other police officers they violently, brutally and viciously attacked him. Mr. Gilberd was beaten and kicked into unconsciousness and left lying on the station house floor. This unprovoked attack by police officers was witnessed by others. Mr. Gilberd’s wife observed him lying unconscious when she arrived at the station house.

An independent witness to the assault and Mr. Gilberd’s wife frantically insisted that he be brought to a hospital. After a delay, police officers finally transported Mr. Gilberd to Southside hospital via police boat. A few hours later he was brought by private ambulance to St. Vincent’s hospital in New York City where he underwent an emergency operation to repair a ruptured bladder and numerous internal injuries. Mr. Gilberd remained in the hospital for ten days.
To cover up their criminal assault, police officers filed criminal charges seven days later against Mr. Gilberd falsely charging him with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Mr. Gilberd, his wife together with his attorneys Robert C. Gottlieb and D. Carl Lustig, III were to appear at the press conference to answer questions.


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