Lawyer: Cops beat postman who gave road directions to killer

NEW YORK (AP) — Two New York City detectives are charged with assaulting a uniformed postal worker who they knew had given street directions to a man who later killed two policemen in 2014.

Detectives Angelo Pampena and Robert Carbone were arraigned Wednesday. Their attorneys didn’t immediately comment.

According to an indictment, Karim Baker had gotten into his car Oct. 21, 2015, when the detectives punched, kicked and dragged him.

Pampena filed a sworn criminal complaint alleging Baker was parked in front of a fire hydrant. The prosecutor says video evidence shows the vehicle was parked more than 15 feet away.

Baker’s lawyer said in November that police had harassed Baker since he appeared in security footage giving directions to the killer. It’s not clear how much time elapsed between the directions and the slayings.