Nine months in prison is all it took for former NYPD officer Michael Daragjati to learn how to seem contrite for his dangerously racist ways. In April of 2011, he falsely accused Kenrick Gray of resisting arrest after they exchanged angry words on the street while the Daragjati was on plainclothes patrol. After spending two days in jail, Gray was released when FBI agents recorded Daragjati on the phone saying, “fried another nigger.” And, to add insult to injury, after receiving a sentence of nine months in jail for violating Gray’s rights, he was sentenced to another 48 for assaulting a man he believed to have stolen his snowplow in March of the same year.
In a letter that should be accompanied by a troop of lowly violins, the disgraced cop wrote about his change for the better in jail. He said, “People don’t like the cops….This stop and frisk nonsense goes on. …I just spent eight months in prison with 120 males and I’ve heard their stories. These people should hate me and rightfully so. I’ve opened my eyes to things I’ve never seen before.”
Unfortunately, Brooklyn Federal Judge William Kuntz, a Black man with years of experience on New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) was unmoved. “My goodness, sir, you just made the worst argument that a police officer could make,” the judge stated.