Hey, it's just like that old joke:
"When does someone who does not throw a punch, and gets punched by somebody else, get arrested?"
"When the other person is an off-duty police officer!"
Oh, that's not an old joke, it's a new one cooked up by the immigrant's defense attorney. The police assert, of course, that the Turk charged at the police officer, who only threw a punch, after announcing himself as a police officer, in self-defense. Unfortunately, two witnesses located by the Staten Island Advance refute that story, alleging that the cop left without a scratch after instigating the imbroglio. "He said nothing about being a cop," Emzo said. "He grabbed my hand. I said, ‘No, don’t touch me.’ And he punched me."
That story was supported by Emzo's friend, Cliff Browning:
The two began arguing [after almost colliding while merging in traffic]. Egan "started touching" Emzo’s arm.
"Emzo is yelling, ‘Don’t touch me! Don’t [bleeping] touch me,’" Cliff says.
"And the guy turned his right hand and pushed Emzo’s face, and came around with a left hook and clocked him in the eye. I was walking up ... about four feet away. I heard the punch. It was solid. He hit him so hard, it looked like he broke his eye. That was one punch. That guy had a solid left hook."
Cliff grabbed Emzo to break it up, "but that guy came over my shoulder and punched him again."
Well, this he-said-he-said should be easy to unravel—it's simply a matter of who, stereotypically, has the worst temper: Turks? Or Cops?
Meanwhile, this comes on the heels of the news two days ago that the cops who died in a car accident in the Bronx last month were, yup, drizz-unk. Of course, if the cops had survived, whether the NYPD would have admitted this is uncertain.