3rd NYPD Officer Involved In Biker Mob Attack Steps Forward
Details in the motorcycle mob beating case of Alexian Lien two weeks ago have been emerging based on an ongoing investigation by the New York Police Department. After earlier reports that as many as six police officers were present in the biker group, a third NYPD officer has been publicly named as one of the participants.
DNAInfo uncovered information from their sources that 28-year-old Internal Affairs officer Matthew Rodriguez of the Bronx was among the handful of policemen that was among the throng during the Sept. 29 attack on Lien.
Matthew Rodriguez, 28, a five-year veteran who was assigned to the IAB's command center about a month ago, quietly came forward a few days ago to confess he was among those from the NYPD present at last month's violent bike incident — to the shock of his supervisors, sources said.
The IAB is responsible for monitoring wrongdoing by fellow officers and is currently investigating those involved in the same SUV attack the IAB officer was allegedly a part of.
It wasn't immediately clear whether he has been personally involved in the SUV investigation.
According to his attorney, Rodriguez has not been charged with any crime and is still working full-time during the investigation. Samir Gonsalves and undercover detective Wojciech Braszczok were the other officers named thus far.
Braszczok was arraigned on assault charges for allegedly being involved in the actual beating. Gonsalves has not been charged with any wrongdoing, and also stated he did not witness Lien being attacked.
Seven other bikers have been arrested in the case overall.