Off-Duty Cop Allegedly Kicks Republican Official in Groin in Road Rage Dispute
Arcadio Casillas reported used his connection to President Donald Trump to threaten PAPD Inspector John Fitzpatrick.
A police inspector with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey surrendered to prosecutors Tuesday after he allegedly kicked a Republican official who claimed he knows Donald Trump in the groin during a road rage dispute, the New York Daily News reports.
PAPD Inspector John Fitzpatrick is accused of assaulting Arcadio Casillas in Midtown Manhattan on January 9. According to Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Marvyn Kornberg, the off-duty inspector forced a taxi cab that cut him off to pick up Casillas to pull over, the Daily News reports. The lawyer also claims that the assault charges up against Fitzpatrick are unwarranted, the report said.
“Mr. Casillas threatened to have my client's shield because he knows Donald Trump,” Kornberg said to the Daily News. “Apparently he’s trying to fulfill that promise.”
According to the Daily News, Fitzpatrick sat down with the Manhattan District Attorney to file a cross-complaint against Casillas for assault and "obstructing governmental administration," but the DA's office has not moved forward with that request.
“This guy should not have interfered,” said Kornberg to the Daily News. “He wanted to get home early...It doesn't warrant saying ‘I know Donald Trump, and I'm going to have your shield.’...and then he pushes my client.”
According to Casillas's website, he considers himself to be a "national leader of the Republican Party" who has worked on the presidential campaigns of both George Bushs, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.
According to Kornberg, video from the scene shows that Casillas walked away from the incident without issue.