Former NYPD Officer Sentenced to Almost 5 Years in Prison

A former New York City Police Department officer charged with violating the civil rights of an African-American man by falsely arresting him was sentenced to nearly five years in jail in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday.

Michael Daragjati, 33, will serve nine months for making a false arrest of a black man on Staten Island in April 2011 and fabricating charges against him. Shortly after the incident, the authorities recorded Daragjati telling a friend on the phone that he had “fried another n***er”

Daragjati will also serve a consecutive sentence of four years for assaulting and threatening a man in Staten Island who allegedly took his snowplow equipment.

The ex-officer pleaded guilty in January to extortion and willfully violating the civil rights of the African-American victim.

“The sentence imposed today reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed by a former police officer — false arrest and imprisonment motivated by racial animus, and engaging in vigilante justice,” said Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York.