WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 28, 2020 — Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. today announced that James Ready of Putnam Valley was arraigned following an indictment by a Westchester County Grand Jury for assaulting a defendant in his custody and other charges. At the time, Ready was a probationary officer with the Mount Vernon Police Department. He is no longer with the department.
Defendant: James Ready (DOB 06/25/92)
The indictment was unsealed by Westchester County Court Judge Susan Cacace. Ready was arraigned on the following charges:
· 2 counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a class D violent felony
· 2 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony
Ready surrendered to the court this morning for arraignment. Bail was set at $25,000 cash/bond.
Prosecutors allege, on November 23, 2019, probationary Mount Vernon Police Officer James Ready was in charge of a person who was in police custody and had been taken to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital emergency room to seek medical attention. Around 1:30 a.m., Ready was attempting to return him to MVPD headquarters.
At the time, the man in custody was handcuffed and shackled at the ankles. Ready picked him up, flipped him over, and threw him to the floor head first, causing serious injury. The incident was captured on hospital surveillance video.
Ready is also charged with falsifying official records by recording a false narrative of the incident.
DA Scarpino said, “Today we unsealed an indictment against a police officer for an on-duty felony assault of a prisoner and for lying about the incident. Not only did James Ready seriously injure his victim, he breached the public trust. We will hold this defendant accountable as we would anyone else facing such serious criminal charges. These charges do not reflect on any other Mount Vernon Police Officers who continue to serve their community.”
Deputy District Attorney Timothy Ward, of the Superior Court Trial Division, and Assistant District Attorney, Jennifer Sculco, Acting Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division Public Integrity Bureau, are prosecuting the case.
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In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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About the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney:
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. leads the largest district attorney’s office north of New York City. The office employs more than 200 assistant district attorneys, criminal investigators and support staff. In addition to the main office in the Richard J. Daronco Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, the DA’s Office has eight local criminal court bureaus and branches serving the county. The District Attorney’s Office works with over 40 local police departments, the Westchester Department of Public Safety, New York State Police, as well as other state and federal law enforcement agencies.
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SOURCE: Helen Jonsen | Director of Public Information | Office of Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr.