Man sues cop, city for Bed-Stuy beatdown caught on body cam

Cuffed: Ricardo Mendoza alleges that police used excessive force when they arrested him in April 2018.
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One of New York’s Finest used a pair of handcuffs to pummel a man’s face during a bloody Bedford-Stuyvesant traffic stop last year, according to a lawsuit against the city and the cop alleging excessive force.

Officer Julio Ramos pulled 21-year-old Ricardo Mendoza’s BMW to the side of Flushing Avenue near Nostrand Avenue after spotting him speeding in April, 2018, according to the suit.

Before exiting his unmarked cruiser, a body camera worn by Ramos recorded him directing two other cops to approach Mendoza’s car with their weapons drawn.

“Yo, we’re jumping out and f---ing everybody right now,” said Ramos “Yo everybody go to one fucking car, bro. Guns out. F--- this.”

The three lawmen surround Mendoza’s vehicle and repeatedly ordered him to exit his car, but the driver refused to leave, asking why they pulled their guns out over a speeding violation, the footage shows.

“You’ve got your gun out, for what?” said Mendoza. “What’d I do?”

Ramos gave the man several warnings, before opening the car door, dragging Mendoza out of the driver’s seat, and then using his handcuffs to slug the plaintiff in the face as his partners held him down, according to the suit.

The attack itself is obscured on cameras worn by Ramos and another officer, but cellphone footage obtained by the plaintiff’s attorneys shows Mendoza bleeding profusely from his face.

Following the arrest, Ramos could be heard telling another officer the plaintiff attacked him, saying “I put hands on him, he started fighting back,” but Mendoza’s suit claims he at no point resisted arrest.

Authorities slapped Mendoza with multiple charges related to the incident, but dropped all criminal complaints in the months following the arrest.

Mendoza filed suit against Ramos — who still patrols Brooklyn streets for the 79th Precinct — in Kings County Supreme Court on May 30, accusing the officer of using excessive force during the incident. He then filed an amended lawsuit last week against New York City, alleging a pattern of improper training and oversight of the police force by the city.

Mendoza’s lawyer, Abraham Rubert-Schewel, said Mendoza suffers from possible long-term nerve damage as a result of the beating.

Rubert-Schewel pointed to a 2015 Inspector General report that incriminates the Police Department for “failure to properly instruct and employ de-escalation tactics” as evidence in their case against the city.

The police department’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Injured: Ricardo Mendoza, 21, suffered facial lacerations during an April 2018 arrest.
Posted 12:00 am, July 9, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Hillary from Prison says:
A.C.A.B., remember that folks!
July 9, 2019, 7:52 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
The bad apples have spoiled the barrel.
July 9, 2019, 8:43 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
"Ramos — who still patrols Brooklyn streets for the 79th Precinct..." That is just disgusting to hear.
July 9, 2019, 8:56 am
Tyler from pps says:
Where are the "good apples" I keep hearing about?
July 9, 2019, 9:34 am
Effy from Bed stuy says:
The handcuff bash was excessive but damn it’s like homeboy was trying to thug out the cop tho. Plus driving 90 down these streets you gonna kill somebody’s kid
July 9, 2019, 9:40 am
Billy BigDalls from West philly —— says:
July 9, 2019, 10:02 am
Lucia “Loca” Rodriguez from Bushwick says:
I know him from back in Puerto Rico! He’s faking it, just wants da money!
July 9, 2019, 10:38 am
Lae and Disorder from Formaly of brooklyn now N C says:
Simple obey an order and nothing will happen. Today you must approach with your fire arm out of the holster.
July 9, 2019, 11:22 am
Hillary from Prison says:
All the whining bike nazis want speeding drivers dealt with, and when the NYPD beats one down they decide they hate cops more than speeding drivers. Make up your minds already.
July 9, 2019, 11:58 am
Hillary from Prison says:
I just love police brutality, only when it’s against minorities.
July 9, 2019, 12:34 pm
Occasional Cortex says:
Taxpayers on the hook. Those of us who work.
July 9, 2019, 2:30 pm
Occasional Cortex says:
Which doesn't include me, I live off of mom's pension.
July 9, 2019, 3:21 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Besch says:
So, this creep is pleading Excessive Force. It's interesting how these criminals could break the law any way they want but when they risk the danger of police officers while trying to restricts his lawbreaking behavior, for some reason they feel the police are supposed to act in a polite and dignified manner. This is why I always side with the police. Of course there are some bad apples in the 35,000 police force, but I had rather have them on the street and have criminals that blatantly put innocent people in harms way so they can act out in bad behavior. And until you're ready to carry a gun and commit your life to protecting innocent people from garbage like this, Shut up.
July 9, 2019, 5:52 pm
Q says:
The guy was stopped for traffic violation.
July 9, 2019, 6:21 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Q, the most important thing a police officer has on his mind when dealing with the public is to get home to his family safely. They are trained to defuse any situation any way they can. You disrespect the police officer he starts fearing for his safety and responds in kind. I always told my children when a police officer approaches you immediately raise your hand so they could see you're not carrying any weapons and talk to them respectfully. What ever the issue is it will be worked out later and most importantly you made the police officer feel safe and in control.
July 9, 2019, 9:06 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Bob has a point, which is why the cops get in so much more trouble than braver employees who have more dangerous jobs. People with their heads on straight don't want to and cannot get hired as cops.
July 10, 2019, 9:03 am
Tyler from pps says:
"They are trained to defuse any situation any way they can." Shut your pie hole, Bob. That's a nice thing to say, but their actions on the whole do not reflect this supposed training. Time and time again we see the OPPOSITE of deescalation and diffusion. It's pretty much a self-fulfilling prophecy... excessive force and ignoring their training (for human interaction, not their training for paramilitary urban assault) begets more need for excessive force. To a hammer, ever problem is a nail.
July 10, 2019, 12:33 pm
Tyler from pps says:
Also -- we need the courts to define what "resisting arrest" is. This is getting out of control. "I grabbed him from behind [and the startled person reacted naturally like *anyone* would] so I slammed him to the ground because he was resisting arrest." "I beat him to the ground and the [dazed and confused] person didn't comply with my orders in a millisecond, so I took that as resisting and beat him until he was nearly unconscious and bleeding." "I was scared for my safety, so I shot indiscriminately in their direction."
July 10, 2019, 12:39 pm
mike from Sweenpoint says:
Hands on the steering wheel, all interior lights on. Yes, Sir. No, Sir is all I say and I do what the officer tells me. I'm a white dude who does this every time I get pulled over. Everyone should do this. Don't give the cops a reason to react poorly. The police do not have an easy job. Making it easier to do their job correctly will go a long way in not getting your butt kicked. Always thank the cop for their service when he/she is done giving you your ticket. Make them think.
July 10, 2019, 1:16 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
mike from Sweenpoint, you're absolutely right. In the many years I've been driving I've gotten pulled over a number of times either for traffic infractions or safety checks and as the police are approaching the car all my windows are rolled down, hands on the steering wheel and by doing that you immediately defuse the situation and in doing so I've never had a bad experience. But if you're a guy like Tyler who tells the offices to "Shut Your Pie Hole" and then he complains that the police acted inappropriate and doesn't realize that he started it just like the guy in the story started it by verbally abusing cops and then complains he was disrespected. What kind of fantasy world do these people live in? You should never forget these people are paid to do a job just like any other profession and they have to follow orders. If they are told to write you a ticket or ask you to leave a place because of a disturbance it doesn't matter they're just doing their job.
July 10, 2019, 8:12 pm
Selena Choméz says:
Nice to see that Latino-phobia is alive and well in this city! Afraid of Latinos!
July 11, 2019, 2:55 am
Tyler from pps says:
Bob, I told YOU to shut your pie hole.
July 11, 2019, 5:26 pm
Mike from BedStuy says:
Everybody knows the police are the new Nazi Party when it comes to people of color. They gave no respect for men, women or children just hatred and demonization so until you live it stfu or better yet put your prejudice aside for a while and act and think with some humanity for a change .....
Aug. 20, 2019, 6:04 pm
Siobhan from Brooklyn Heights says:
Sorry, no. You don’t have to like cops, but you do have to follow their orders. Why is this so hard to understand? He sat in his expensive car, mouthing off and refusing to get out like they asked. And being super obnoxious by saying that he did nothing wrong. Yes, you pissed them off. Yes, they didn’t need to bash your face. But learn some manners and respect, stop breaking the law. This isn’t always an issue of race. Playing the victim will not help the cause of racial justice. Cops are human beings doing a dangerous job in order to keep peace in our society. Stop blaming them for everything. It’s really getting old.
Oct. 1, 2019, 1:23 pm

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