NY woman says police beat her over dog poop

A New York woman claims two Queens police officers roughed her up during a dispute over whether she failed to pick up her dog’s waste.

Anna Stanczyk, 49, insisted her terrier, Psotka (“prankster” in Polish), had only urinated, and says that the police officers punched her after handcuffing her and pushing her into their patrol car.

The police department’s Internal Affairs division has opened an investigation into her claims, the New York Daily News reports.

Stanczyk’s lawyer said the incident took place Nov. 26.

Stanczyk was confronted in Rockaway Beach by two officers from the 100th Precinct who accused her of not picking up a pile of feces left by her dog. The officers — Shaun Grossweiler, a 4-year veteran, and Richard DeMartino, a 10-year veteran — charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Police, in court papers, said Stanczyk caused a ruckus by yelling at them.

Photos taken by her son — printed in yesterday’s Daily News — show Stanczyk, a housewife who emigrated from Poland, with a blackened left eye and a large bruise on her breast. She said she also suffered hand and knee injuries and needs physical therapy.

John Woestendiek

John Woestendiek is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of "Dog, Inc.: The Uncanny Inside Story of Cloning Man's Best Friend."

6 thoughts on “NY woman says police beat her over dog poop

  • December 10, 2010 at 8:08 am

    From one police state (former) to another.

  • December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Any chance you were acting like a raving, violent maniac just before they started to rough you up?

  • December 12, 2010 at 8:04 am

    @anon: police state (former) ? In Poland/UE you have more rights. Nobody beat you because of dog poo.

  • December 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Attention: Internal Affairs, NYPD

    I am writing to you regarding my complaint number 08-21523 against police officer Szpak from 104th NYPD Precinct of Queens: 64-2 Catalpa Ave., NY 11385. I gave you a full account of what happened to me and now nearly a year has passed and I have not heard from you.

    Could I please ask what the status of this matter is, as I do not feel safe after the way I was treated by that officer and by his supervisor at the precinct. I am still afraid of this policeman, as I hear from third parties that he feels vengeful towards me because I made a complaint.

    Just to refresh your memory, I will write in short what had transpired, which you already have in your records. Basically, I was turning left at the intersection at the corner of my house and the officer was attempting to turn left from the lane opposite me. I turned left passing his vehicle which was standing dangerously in the lane against traffic. He was waiting for change of lights from red to green at Metropolitan Ave. i 69th St.. I then proceeded into my driveway and when I was already standing in the doorway to my apartment, he appeared in his car in my courtyard, approached me and asked me for my driver’s license. I gave it to him. He went to his car and after a while called me on the loudspeaker to leave the house and get in my car. I chose not to do so, as I was tending to my daughter who was very sick. I then called his supervisor at the precinct and explained the situation and also informed the officer that I had done so. He pulled away with my driver’s license and left. Since he took my driver’s license, I called the precinct to inquire about it and was told by his supervisor that the officer had left for the day and that I should come and retrieve my driver’s license myself. When I got to the precinct, the officer on duty with whom I previously talked on the phone, directed me to the very officer who took my driver’s license, who was changed into plain clothes. During the conversation they took my small video camera which I suppose infuriated policeman Szpak and his supervisor or NYPD Investigator John Doe. I was told I was a terrorist and would be taken into arrest. They were making various sarcastic comments and told me that after arrest I’d be deported. Officer Szpak handcuffed me. There were other policemen there who were entertained by this crude show of power over me. They proceeded to ridicule me and call me a terrorist and said that I would never receive my license back and I will be deported back to the “shitty country” that I came from. I spent 24 hours in jail, after which I was released.

    I have the entire scene of the officer’s behavior in my courtyard on video.

    I believe in the very credo of the NYPD to “serve and protect”, however after that particular experience, I feel threatened and unsafe. I repeat I am still afraid of officer Szpak, as well as his supervisor, fearing that my complaint might cause vengeful behavior on their part. One often hears of cases of people’s miserable lot when policemen abuse the power they have.

    Was it justified to put me in jail for 24h for filming the police officer’s conduct in the courtyard of a house on private property?
    At the moment I’m preparing an exhibition of paintings, drawings and photos with which I’d like to honor victims of power abuse./ http://www.coolon.net /

    I kindly ask you to get back to me regarding this matter promptly. Thank you very much.

    Respectfully …….

  • December 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Frank, why don’t you post that video or at least parts of it on youtube?

  • January 31, 2012 at 7:44 pm


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