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Two NY Cops Charged in Beating Woman

March 2, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two white police officers were charged with assault Wednesday for allegedly beating a black woman after she called 911 to report a domestic dispute involving her boyfriend.

Cherae Williams, 38, accused officers Damian Marcaida and James Caputo of taking her to an abandoned lot, beating her and leaving her with a broken jaw and fractured nose last September.

Assistant District Attorney Hannah Freilich said investigators found Williams’ DNA on the officers’ clothing and handcuffs. She called the alleged conduct ``violent, brazen and deceitful.″

Attorneys for the officers, both 27, said the prosecution’s case is based on circumstantial evidence and said the victim could have been injured by someone else.

Both officers were charged with first degree assault and official misconduct. Caputo was also charged with filing false documents. Bond was set at $10,000.

The arrests come after Friday’s verdict clearing four white police officers in the killing of an unarmed West African immigrant. Last year, another New York police officer was convicted of assaulting a Haitian immigrant with a broom handle in a police precinct bathroom. Civic leaders have called for wide-ranging changes in police conduct.

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