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Letters: Judge’s ruling wasn’t justice for Kyle Howell

Kyle Howell of Westbury testified on Nov. 18,

Kyle Howell of Westbury testified on Nov. 18, 2015, that he was trying to get rid of a bag of marijuana and that Nassau police Officer Vincent LoGiudice punched and kneed him in the face during a 2014 car stop. LoGiudice has pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges. Howell took the stand in Mineola at the Nassau Supreme Court. (Credit: News 12 Long Island) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The final blow to Kyle Howell, the victim of a brutal beating at the hands of Nassau County Police Officer Vincent LoGiudice, was delivered by Judge Patricia Harrington when she declared, “not guilty” [“Protesters call for firing of Nassau cop,” News, Dec. 13].

To add insult to injury, the judge asserted that this trial was not about justice for Kyle Howell, and the prosecution failed to meet its burden.

At the end of a grossly skewed bench trial, we agree, this case was never about justice for Howell. It was about protecting the criminal defendant and the privileges afforded him by a system that does not value black, brown and poor lives. This trial was about a man hiding behind a shiny badge, brutally attacking a citizen and playing the odds of the judicial system. It was about a failed prosecution that undercharged one defendant, failed to charge a second assailant and did not meet its burden of proof.

This trial was a reminder to us all that if you are the victim of police brutality and you dare speak up, the injustice system will re-victimize and re-traumatize you. It was about reminding all citizens to remain passive, submissive and silent.

Frederick K. Brewington and Sergio Argueta, Hempstead

Editor’s note: The writers are the co-conveners of The Corridor Counts, a grass-roots advocacy organization.