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EXCLUSIVE: Manhattan man beaten harder after insulting cops

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Friday, October 30, 2015, 4:00 AM

O’Neil Gomez, 32, says in his suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he was unjustly arrested on E. 106th St. near Third Ave. on March 6, 2012.

O’Neil Gomez, 32, says in his suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he was unjustly arrested on E. 106th St. near Third Ave. on March 6, 2012.

A Manhattan man trash-talked cops as they beat him down – so they pummeled him even harder, a lawsuit charges.

O’Neil Gomez, 32, says in his suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court that he was unjustly arrested on E. 106th St. near Third Ave. on March 6, 2012, after a contentious counseling session with the mother of two of his sons.

He said the cops started assaulting him — and he taunted them by saying they were hitting him “like they were girls,” the suit says.

“When the plaintiff made the accusation, one New York City police officer pulled out a walkie talkie and hit the plaintiff on the left side of his face,” the suit says.

After getting stitches at St. Luke’s Hospital, he was hauled to the 23rd Precinct stationhouse in East Harlem where he boasted to cops that “it took all you ‘p—ies’ to beat (me) up,” the suit says.

In a small cell Gomez “was held by two New York City police officers while a third police officer punched the plaintiff in his back and chest,” papers charge.

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“It was all out of anger . . . I felt a lot of animosity, aggression,” Gomez told the Daily News. “Do I regret (saying that)? No.”

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The lawsuit says Gomez taunted the cops by saying they were hitting him “like they were girls.”

Documents show that Manhattan prosecutors moved to dismiss charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest against Gomez on March 11.

A police spokesman declined to share any details regarding Gomez’s arrest.

But the incident left Gomez physically and mentally scarred, his suit claims.

“He talks about it and thinks about it all the time,” his lawyer, Amy Rameau, said. “He can’t sleep.”

Gomez said he has “flashbacks” whenever he sees a cop in uniform.

His two sons, now ages 5 and 7, who witnessed the beatdown, have since had behavioral problems, he said.

Gomez now lives in Ohio — in part because he did not want to raise two of his kids in the city following his allegedly brutal encounter with police.

Earlier this month, Rameau submitted new photos of Gomez’s injuries and asked a judge to allow her to file an updated complaint.

“He was trying to man up — they humiliated him in public,” Rameau said. “That clearly doesn’t justify what they did to him.”

The suit was originally filed in February 2013.

The city offered $ 3,000 to settle the case, which was rejected earlier this year by Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis following a dispute over negotiations with a different lawyer, filings show.

“We can’t get into the details of the incident while the matter is under review,” a Law Department spokesman said.

sbrown@nydailynews.com


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