Thursday, June 09, 2011

NY prosecutors clear cabbie shot by police

New York prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against a cab driver who was shot in a dispute with two off-duty police officers. Instead, the officers are facing an internal police investigation amid allegations they had been drinking.

The Suffolk County district attorney's office said Monday there was insufficient evidence to support assault and other charges against the cab driver.

Thomas Moroughan had been accused of trying to run down the officers. One of the officers claimed he shot Moroughan in self-defense.

Prosecutors said there was some evidence the officers had consumed alcohol. But they noted the officer who shot Moroughan refused to provide a blood or urine sample when he was taken to a hospital afterward.

A Nassau County police spokesman, where the officers work, confirmed the departmental investigation.

Original report here

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