They aren’t your friends, they aren’t your pals, they aren’t your protectors, and they damned sure ain’t your bodyguards.
A man who was brutally stabbed by Brooklyn subway slasher Maksim Gelmantwo years ago had his negligence case against the city dismissed in court yesterday, despite the fact that two transit officers had locked themselves in a motorman’s car only a few feet from him at the time of the attack.
Gelman stabbed Joseph Lozito in the face, neck, hands and head on an uptown 3 train in February 2011, after fatally stabbing four people and injuring three others in a 28-hour period. Lozito, a father of two and an avid martial arts fan, was able to tackle Gelman and hold him down, and Gelman was eventually arrested by the transit officers. Lozito sued the city, arguing that the police officers had locked themselves in the conductor’s car and failed to come to his aid in time.
Oh, but wait; it gets even better.
The city, meanwhile, claimed that the NYPD had no “special duty” to intervene at the time, and that they were in the motorman’s car because they believed Gelman had a gun. And Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Margaret Chan has sided with the city, noting that there was no evidence the cops were aware Lozito was in danger at the time.
Chan did however, note the heroism of Lozito’s actions: “The dismissal of this lawsuit does not lessen Mr. Lozito’s bravery or the pain of his injuries,” she wrote in her decision yesterday. “Mr. Lozito heroically maneuvered the knife away from Gelman and subdued him on the subway floor.” Gelman was sentenced to 200 years in prison in January 2012; he was sentenced to an additional 25 years for Lozito’s stabbing the following month.
Oh, but wait; it gets even better than that.
The drug-fueled Gelman had fatally stabbed three people in Brooklyn and killed another with a car during a 28-hour rampage when he entered an uptown No. 3 train on Feb. 12, 2011.
Police officers Terrance Howell and Tamara Taylor were part of a massive NYPD manhunt. They were in the operator’s cab, watching the tracks between Penn Station and 42nd Street for any sign of the fugitive. Lozito was seated next to the cab.
In the official NYPD account and Howell’s own affidavit, Howell heroically tackled and subdued the killer. But Lozito tells a different story.
The 42-year-old mixed-martial-arts fan says he watched Gelman approach the cab window, barking: “Let me in!” Gelman even claimed to be a cop, but a dismissive Howell turned away, he says.
Gelman walked off. A straphanger recognizing Gelman tried to alert the cops, but was also rebuffed. A minute later, Gelman returned and set his sights on the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Lozito.
“You’re going to die,” Gelman announced — then stabbed him in the face.
Lozito leapt from his seat and lunged at the 23-year-old Gelman as the psycho sliced at him.
“Most of my wounds are in the back of my head,” Lozito said. “He got to the back of my head because my left shoulder [was] in his waist.”
In his account, Lozito pinned Gelman to the floor, disarming him. Howell then emerged from the booth, tapping Lozito’s shoulder: “You can get up now,” he said.
“By the time he got there, the dirty work was already done,” Lozito said.
Lozito says a grand-jury member later told him Howell admitted on the stand that he hid during the attack because he thought Gelman had a gun.
Utterly, utterly pathetic. If these craven clowns are “New York’s finest,” New York is now officially in one hell of a damned mess. A scuzzy oxygen thief like Weiner as their mayor is probably too good for them. Eric says:
Exactly what are those cops there for? To grab fare cheats? Take guns away from law abiding people? Or are they just supposed to sit in their bulletproof booths and act important?
It seems as if things just keep getting worse and worse. If the police cannot and will not defend people, then why not let people defend themselves?
It goes without saying that if Lozito had defended himself with a gun against this bloodthirsty murderer, he’d be looking at a prison term.
Well, of course. But that kind of bass-ackwardsness is what Liberal Fantasia is all about.
Oh, but wait; it gets even better still, when the topic is outlandish abuses by thug cops.