New York Cops Caught on Surveillance Video Beating Man for Recording Traffic Stop

Kyle Howell


Last January, Kyle Howell was pulled over by Nassau County police in New York and pulled out his phone to record the stop, only to get threatened with violence if he dared do it again.

Last month, he was pulled over again by the same officer, boldly pulling out his phone to record the stop despite the previous threat – only for the cop and another cop to make good on the threat by viciously beating him in a violent rage.

The cops prevented him from recording the arrest, enabling them to conjure a story that they were the ones attacked in a “violent struggle” that sent them to the hospital for treatment, justifying felony charges against the 20-year-old man who had only been pulled over for a cracked windshield.

But then a surveillance video emerged showing that the cops were the aggressors. And now his family is planning on suing.

According to Newsday:

A lawyer for Howell filed a legal claim against the county Monday seeking unspecified damages.

Howell said he didn’t put up a fight but suffered a broken nose, bone fractures near both eyes and facial nerve damage.

After Howell’s release on $10,000 bond following a hospital arraignment, he and his father got a video from a store security camera that captured his police encounter, according to his family. Howell said he also started recording on his cellphone before the officers came up to his car. He said police began beating him after one officer took away his phone. Howell said the same officer had warned him during a January traffic stop not to record him again.

“He said ‘The next time you record me I will use physical force to stop you,’ ” Howell said.

He recalled getting a knee to his face, being hit repeatedly in the head and hearing police telling him to spit something out.

He said he was only chewing gum, didn’t have any drugs, and didn’t hit the police back.

Attorney Amy Marion filed the notice of claim with the county Monday claiming Howell was the victim of false arrest, excessive police force, and deprived of his civil rights, including by Nassau University Medical Center employees who concealed illegal police behavior.

Howell, who may be left with permanent vision problems, was charged with assaulting the cops, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.

As ironic as it is, the tampering with evidence charge stems from the allegation that Howell had been trying to eat marijuana police had found in his car.

He insists he was only chewing gum.

This is what he told CBS:

“I remember getting a knee to my face and after that, I don’t really remember much. I was hit in the head so many times,” Howell said. “They were telling me to spit something out of my mouth.”

“They came out of the car, I gave them my information, they opened up the door and my paycheck started to fly out the door. I went to go reach and the next thing you know, I got a knee to the face. And then the next thing I remember, I was in the hospital,” he said.

The officers, Vincent Logiudice and Basil Gomez, have been placed on “modified duty where they don’t have contact with the public and can’t earn overtime pending the outcome of the internal affairs probe,” but judging by their salaries, they will probably survive without having to milk the taxpayers for more overtime dollars.

Records show Logiudice joined the police force in 2007 and earns $145,900 a year, and Gomez joined the department in 2005 and earns an annual salary of $160,867.

In 2008, internal affairs probed an alleged beating incident after a complaint involving an officer named Basil Gomez, but a police spokesman said Monday the law kept him from disclosing the outcome.

But you know they would have released the outcome of that investigation had he been cleared of any wrongdoing.

Check out the surveillance video below.

About Carlos Miller

Carlos Miller is founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, which began as a one-man blog in 2007 to document his trial after he was arrested for photographing police during a journalistic assignment. He is also the author of The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which can be purchased through Amazon.

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  • Ryan French

    What does your friend “Dan” think about this propaganda? LOL

  • Stud Muffin

    Gang members.

  • Daniel Wood

    Flood their facebook page.

    • Ryan French

      They’ve been deleting *MOST* comments related to this event. Mostly those with links to the video or this site.That should be a violation of public records laws.

    • kraz

      It makes me sick looking at these police FB pages. All it is is a bunch of self-congratulatory posts mixed with mug shots of people that haven’t even been found guilty yet but are made out to have been. Then they censor and delete any criticism.

    • JZ

      They are deleting them as fast as people are posting them.

      • TheFlashingScotsman

        Then we need to repost as fast as they delete. Of course, they’re probably blocking posters.

  • ant-eye-christ

    I am the cop. You are the citizen. Show submission on my command. If you do not, or don’t do it fast enough, I will consider it an act of aggression and consider you to be hostile. If you are hostile, I assume you will resist arrest. If you resist arrest, I will beat you without mercy. Behind this badge is a government that says I have the right to do so.

    • justaguy

      this is why no one likes you

    • Thomas Meadows

      You ever heard the saying “payback is a bitch”?

  • IcedTeaParty

    I have more respect for the skidmark I see on the bottom of a public toilet than I have for the police these days.

    • steve618

      Things could improve if more jurors felt the same way.

      • $910553

        Which is why the “Legal” system ensures that such jurors are NOT seated.

        • TheFlashingScotsman

          And the DA makes sure the jurors never see the cases.

      • catherinecc

        Except we have effectively eliminated jury trials, disposing of 98% (in federal courts) and 96% (in state courts) of criminal cases with plea bargains.

        Juries effectively do no matter, and provide no protection against a corrupt government.

  • FtP

    Once again video saves an innocent citizen from lies told by police. If jury duty ever comes my way, a cop’s testimony alone will hold no weight with me.

    • Voice-Of-Concern

      I, on the other hand, will assume, based on everything I know about cops, that any cop on the stand will be testalying. Maybe only a little, more likely a lot. Cops rarely make an effort to paint a fair and accurate picture when they testalie…

      • jcfromnj

        In Cop Logic, not getting caught is the same as telling the truth….

    • FtP

      Not my comment.

  • Ian Battles

    Charge the officers with a crime or people might start thinking it’s legal to beat the shit out of people in New York…

    • JWE

      No: It is only legal for cops you beat the shit out of people in New York

    • Guest

      Exactly. Although all we keep reading about are piece of shit traitorous police, it’s really the DAs who refuse to charge these criminal officers that are the the biggest traitors in this country. It should be the DA’s name and face headlining every one of these stories and videos.

  • Steve_Mart1n

    And people wonder why I have my own surveillance cameras at my house and in my car that stream live to the net 24×7….

  • Kirkus1964

    Note to self: Lock my doors before filming the police.

    • jcfromnj

      One more layer of backup is to make arrangement’s to always be in the area of a wifi hot spot to up load to. This can be arranged by a little creative mobile wifi. We are dealing with visual predators on one level, and a lawyer mafia on the other side.The only ally on our side that can’t be disputed is the technology at our disposal.

    • $910553

      You think they don’t know how to smash your vehicle’s windows???

      • Kirkus1964

        Sure, but it would give you a little time to start filming them doing so.

  • baddscorpio

    Someone needs to kill these fuckers, ugh! I hate hearing about shit like this all the time. FTP

    • Lt. Redacted, USMC

      I wish I could argue with you.

  • Ryan French

    Nassau PD is deleting comments on their FB page. Call their public information office and tell them to stop deleting comments and put out a media release on this incident. 516-573-7138

    • TheFlashingScotsman

      My post with a link to this article was deleted within minutes. I just replaced it with one with no link. We’ll see how long that lasts.

      • TheFlashingScotsman

        My post without link has lasted 12 minutes so far. Maybe the guy watching the page went out for donuts.

        Looks like the one WITH the link is back. Hey, it’s FB, who knows?

  • JdL

    Violent criminals like this cop need to be stopped from their predations by any means that prove necessary.

  • kraz

    I wonder if the people in this community know how much they’re paying their police. These two have only been with the PD a handful of years and are making more than most people with computer science degrees. With overtime and benefits I’m guessing they’re pulling in around $200,000 a year each.

  • inquisitor

    Other news articles regarding this story state the cops claim a small bag of marijuana was found in the glove box which the suspect attempted to eat.
    Which would mean, if that is true and the suspect was not successful in eating it, then there is evidence of illegal contraband.
    It is also stated in other news articles regarding this story that police also found a small bag of cocaine in the car.
    If the cocaine was spotted by the officer looking in the window in plain view, then that would have justified him opening the car door to retrieve it and conduct a search.
    Had the suspect attempted to eat the bag of pot, then that is when officers will get physical and beat the drugs out of you to protect the evidence and their case.
    Now should the bag of cocaine not been planted and actually was the suspect’s then I would lower the credibility regarding his statement that he was not eating a bag of pot and only chewing gum.

    • kraz

      I’m more inclined to believe the victim of the beating than the aggressors. Even if he did have some substance in his car, it’s his own business. I am so tired of this bullshit war on drugs and the rights it has deprived all Americans of and the unchecked power that it gives police. Just the thought that it’s ok for police to assault someone to protect their evidence in a “crime” with no victim is disturbing.

    • eccles11

      The police also state that he assaulted them, rather than the other way around. So it wouldn’t be surprising at all if they attempted to land a bunch of charges on him after beating the shit out of him.

  • steveo

    Either the police, and I put the bosses in this list, are totally ignorant of the history of 1st Amendment Law, or they just don’t care. I think it’s the latter. When someone, whether its a state agent or a citizen stops another citizen from gathering newsworthy events, that is an act of prior restraint. The SCOTUS has never upheld a prior restraint in the history of US jurisprudence, even with the Pentagon Papers. What makes these “servants of the people” think that they can set themselves up as censors of the state because they happen to have guns and badges? I just don’t understand this.

    • TheFlashingScotsman

      What makes them think they can get away with it is the fact that they DO get away with it, thanks to accomplices at the DA’s office and on benches all over the country.

  • jwalsh

    Hey it looks like youtube took down Jeff Gray’s videos(alot of them) on Honor your Oath? Anybody know what is going on?

  • jwalsh

    Well Honor your Oath videos now are gone.

  • JohnLloydScharf

    So, they brutally bashed him in the head because they thought the gum in his mouth was marijuana. So, if an officer was chewing something and I thought is was marijuana, I could legitimately knock his teeth out to prevent him from swallowing it? Badges do not grant extra privileges and photography is not a crime. A brutal violation of civil rights, however, is. Was a complaint made to the FBI on this?

  • JohnLloydScharf
  • $910553

    Let me know when you’re through playing their games.

  • Ed
  • jpriest2121jr .

    All punk thug terrorist cops should all be killed for crimes against humanity!

  • Bam

    bastard cops glad they got caught on cam this shit needs to go viral im just now hearing about this in Alabama

  • JohnSmith112

    The only criminals I see here are the cops beating a man silly who was sitting inside of his car. How much of a threat could an unarmed man sitting in his car be that would deserve such a beat down? I hope these two get fired and get their asses kicked like this someday.