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The Bobster
09-18-2017, 06:21 PM

Bar victim calls out ‘thug’ cop after beatdown over spilled drink
By Elizabeth Rosner and Emily Saul
September 18, 2017 | 2:53pm

Officer O'Keefe Thompson (left) and Raymond Crespo
Umar Abbasi

An NYPD officer indicted for attacking a 23-year-old over a spilled drink is a “thug,” the victim said, adding he’s just “happy to be alive,” following the beat-down.

Officer O’Keefe Thompson was on duty and uniformed when he approached 23-year-old Raymond Crespo, and ordered him to pick up a cup a friend had knocked from his hand, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Crespo refused, and that’s when Thompson, of Brownsville, allegedly threw him into a doorway and then dragged the Coney Island man down the sidewalk while shrieking, “Don’t you know I’m from the ‘ Ville?”

“I just want justice and don’t want this to happen to nobody else,” Crespo said Monday. “Unfortunately there are a lot of people who died for cases like this, and I’m lucky to be alive.”

“I’m not afraid of police officers, they are the best people on earth,” he added. “This officer here was a thug. There is something wrong with the guy.”

Thompson, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of misdemeanor assault, official misconduct and intimidating a witness. He has been suspended without pay from the department.

Thompson and his lawyer declined comment as they left court.

The horrifying July 8 overreaction was caught on surveillance camera, authorities said.

Crespo went home, but awoke the next morning with a swollen face. He reported the incident to cops, and was taken to a nearby hospital.

When Crespo returned to his neighborhood, he to found Thompson, now in plainclothes and off-duty, wandering around looking for him.

“Why are you sh–ting on my name?” Thompson during the second confrontation, which was also caught on camera. “Do you know what I’m going to do to you?”

“Police officers risk their lives every day to keep us all safe,” Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.

“However, this defendant crossed the line by allegedly assaulting a man and later threatening him. Such conduct is not only unacceptable, it undermines public trust in our justice system and will not be tolerated in Brooklyn.”

Thompson was released without bail, and is slotted to return to court on Nov. 29.

If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.