Wojciech Braszczok, the former NYPD undercover detective who led a group of bikers in a vicious attack on the driver of a SUV vehicle, was sentenced to two years in jail on Wednesday (August 5). Braszczok, who was fired from the force earlier this year, led the chase that led to he and the bikers cornering Alexian Lien after he ran over a fellow biker and paralyzed him.
The case was heard in New York Supreme Court by Judge Maxwell Wiley and featured footage of the 2013 chase that ended with the bikers surrounding Lien’s car and pulling him from the vehicle before beating him. Eleven men in all were indicted in the incident, as reported by NBC New York.
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“Just as much as anybody, Mr. Braszczok terrorized these people,” the judge said.
Video footage of the 2013 pursuit and assault showed the bikers surrounding Lien’s Range Rover on a Manhattan exit ramp and shattering its windows before Lien, a married father, was pulled from it and beaten. Eleven men were indicted in the confrontation.
Braszczok, 34, served as a police officer for 13 years. He did not participate in Lien’s beating but faced up to seven years in state prison for his role in the events that day. Video footage showed him breaking the SUV’s taillight window. He then fled but did not call 911 or attempt to stop the assault.
Braszczok was briefly handcuffed Wednesday but was released on bail after the judge granted a request to give him until a court date early next month to get his affairs in order. He declined to talk to reporters.
Braszczok’s attorrney requested a non-jail sentence that would allow his client to speak with fellow officers about decision making on the job. Braszczok claimed he fled the scene because he feared losing his job despite leading the chase.
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