White Plains, NY and Yonkers, NY — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore (left) and Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett (right) announced Tuesday, February 1, 2011, that Raul Rameriz (DOB 10/30/79) of 435 Riverdale Avenue, Yonkers, New York, was arraigned today after the unsealing of a six count indictment charging him with:
• two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
• one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, a class “E” Felony,
• one count of Making Punishable a False Written Statement, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
relating to an on duty incident which took place on April 12, 2010.
On April 12, 2010, PO Ramirez worked the 12AM x 8AM shift in Yonkers Police Department’s Third Precinct.
He was assigned to (radio car) RC 303.
At approximately 3:48 AM he arrived at the Las Palmas Bar at 59 Yonkers Avenue. PO Ramirez responded to the bar at the request of his brother who was already at the bar.
PO Ramirez was not dispatched to the bar by a Yonkers police department dispatcher.
After arriving at the bar PO Ramirez proceeded to assault two individuals who were in the bar.
He then initiated criminal charges against one of these individuals.
PO Ramirez then, in order to cover up his misconduct, wrote up a false police report regarding the incident and filed a false Misdemeanor Information.The Yonkers Police Department Internal Affairs Division was notified and immediately initiated an investigation resulting in today’s charges.
“As alleged in the indictment, Officer Ramirez betrayed the trust of the citizens of Yonkers and the Yonkers Police Department by putting himself and his own interests above the law.” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after today’s arraignment. “Abuse of the public trust is a serious breach and my office will continue to prosecute and convict any public servant who uses their position for personal gain.”
Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone said:"We will not tolerate people who abuse their positions of power and violate the public trust. And the people of Yonkers should be reassured that if these types of abuses do occur, as in this case, we will find those responsible and hold them accountable. YPD Internal Affairs and the DA's Office did a good job in this case."
Yonkers Police Commissioner Edmund Hartnett said:"The charges against this officer are troubling. Such conduct, if proven, is unacceptable and does a disservice to the men and women of this department who perform their duty admirably on a daily basis. In addition, there are two important points to consider: First, the YPD Internal Affairs Division, working closely with the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, investigated this matter thoroughly and diligently. These efforts led to this indictment. Next, the allegations in this incident involve an on duty member who used his position as a police officer to handle a personal matter involving a family member. I wish to thank the District Attorney and her staff for their cooperation in this investigation."
Ramirez was released on his own recognizance.
His next court appearance will be on February 16th, 2011.
The defendant faces a maximum of seven years in state prison on the top count of the indictment.
Assistant District Attorney Berit Hayes Huseby of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.