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Feds: Bensonhurst cop used badge to intimidate foes

Brooklyn Daily

A police officer who handcuffed and pepper-sprayed a man during a dispute at a Bensonhurst bar owned by the cop’s cousin was arrested by FBI agents and charged with civil rights violations on Wednesday.

Authorities said that Admir Kacamakovic — a seven-year veteran who was assigned to the 62nd Precinct — was on duty and in uniform on July 5, 2008, when he used pepper spray and handcuffs to detain a man during an argument over a parking spot at his cousin’s restaurant and bar, the Living Room Steak House on 86th Street between 24th Avenue and Bay 37th Street.

Prosecutors said Kacamakovic told the man, “Nobody [messes] with my cousin’s place.”

“This officer repeatedly used … beat downs and violence, as well as accessing sensitive information that could have jeopardized undercover investigations, all for his personal gain,” said Janice Fedarcyk, a spokeswoman for the FBI.

Authorities claim that Kacamakovic also used a police computer to access an FBI database in order to find additional information on the man after the victim filed a civil suit in state court and a complaint against the 31-year-old cop with the NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.

Such use of the database is illegal. But it wasn’t the only time that Kacamakovic improperly accessed FBI information, authorities said. Between 2008 and 2009, he also allegedly accessed information in an unrelated attempt to help his cousin avoid an FBI sting operation stemming from the cousin’s alleged drug trafficking.

At his indictment on Wednesday, Kacamakovic was charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count. He’s facing 17 years in prison.

Calls to the Living Room Steak House were not returned. Kacamakovic’s attorney Heidi Cesare declined to comment.

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