Brooklyn Prosecutor Charged With Attacking and Choking EMT Worker In Drunken Rage

Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino, 30, was arrested this weekend after he allegedly attacked a female EMT worker who was responding to a call of an intoxicated man on the Brooklyn Bridge around 1 a.m. He’s charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, menacing and harassment

Jaccarino was leaving the pedestrian pathway when emergency workers stopped him and he voluntarily entered the ambulance. However, when they tried to take him to Beth Israel Hospital, they said that he became violent and ripped off an arm strap on the seat. He then allegedly smacked EMT Teresa Soler, 46, in the face with his forearm. After knocking her to the ground, he reportedly began choking her.

Soler had bruises to her right cheek, right wrist and chest.

Jaccarino began work with the prosecutor’s office in 2008.

I am not sure of the harassment or menacing charge since it sounds like this was a sudden and brief act. Ironically, this is the type of charge that defense attorneys often challenge as count stacking or excessive charging by prosecutors.

Jaccarino is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo Law School. He joins other drunk prosecutors recently arrested in cases of physical assaults or destruction (here and here and here). Just in case you thought it was just prosecutors being arrested this week, think again.

Source: New York Times

27 thoughts on “Brooklyn Prosecutor Charged With Attacking and Choking EMT Worker In Drunken Rage”

  1. Bill McWilliams

    Serendipity again comes my way. Thanks for the tip.
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    We have Vice Presidents who have been useed in different manners. With Dr King as one, we need not look for spiritual guidance or moral ones to raise our eyes and vision to a higher plane. Inspired he was.

  2. idealist,

    Good question. I know a good deal about Dr. King but I don’t know the answer to your question. If I may speculate, I’d say it probably influenced his sermon at Riverside Church, but to what degree, who knows?

    Good catch.
    BTW, if you don’t know much about the Rev. Vernon Johns, he’s a very interesting figure, and was the Dexter Avenue Baptist church who was fired, then replaced by Dr. King. Check him out. Definitely.

  3. Bill McWilliams,

    Is Debs where MLKjr got his drive against the Vietnam war and his speech declaring why he was opposed to the Vietnam War?
    He used a similar one in describing it in his famed church speech in NYC. As long as they were
    persecuted, so was he. And us all.

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