NYPD Sergeant Indicted in Cooler Toss Case: Justice for Eric Duprey?

The case surrounding the tragic death of Eric Duprey has taken a new twist. NYPD Sergeant Erik Duran, the officer responsible for tossing a cooler that ultimately led to Duprey’s demise, is now facing an indictment brought by state Attorney General Letitia James’ office. The anticipation is high as Sgt. Duran is set to appear in Bronx Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to face unspecified charges related to the incident.

It was on that fateful day of August 23 in Kingsbridge Heights when Duprey, attempting to escape a drug bust on his motor scooter, found himself in the path of the tossed cooler. The impact was devastating, knocking Duprey off his scooter and causing him to strike his head forcefully against the ground. Tragically, the city Medical Examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide, leaving his family devastated and seeking justice.

Jonathan Roberts, the lawyer representing Duprey’s family, expressed cautious optimism, stating, “We are encouraged by the fact that the first step has been taken towards holding this officer accountable for the senseless and unnecessary death of Eric Duprey.” However, both Duran’s lawyer, Andrew Quinn, and James’ office have remained tight-lipped, refusing to comment on the impending court appearance.

The NYPD wasted no time in suspending Duran immediately after the incident, with Police Commissioner Edward Caban and Mayor Adams openly criticizing the sergeant’s actions. “Our tactics, as the commissioner stated, were unacceptable,” Mayor Adams declared, acknowledging the gravity of the situation. The attorney general’s involvement in the case has further intensified the scrutiny surrounding Duran’s actions.

While the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) has staunchly defended Duran, accusing James of “demonization and criminalization,” they have refrained from criticizing Caban and Adams for their statements. SBA President Vincent Vallelong maintained that Duran made a split-second decision based on his concern for the safety of others. However, the public sentiment seems to be shifting, with Hawk Newsome of the New York chapter of Black Lives Matter expressing his disgust at Vallelong’s defense of the officer.

Digging deeper into Duran’s history, records reveal that he has been the subject of six civilian complaints, with only one substantiated for an improper stop, resulting in a warning. Additionally, he has been named in at least two prior lawsuits, one of which is still pending. These incidents raise questions about Duran’s conduct and the need for accountability.

Interestingly, this case bears similarities to a past indictment involving former Officer Craig Yokemick, who threw a radio at Kenneth Banks in Harlem back in 1998. The forceful impact knocked Banks off his bicycle, leading to his death. While a grand jury initially declined to indict Yokemick, the city eventually settled a lawsuit brought by the family. Yokemick was later indicted for violating Banks’ civil rights and pleaded guilty in 2004.

As the court proceedings unfold, the eyes of the nation are on Bronx Supreme Court, eagerly awaiting justice for Eric Duprey. Will Sgt. Erik Duran be held accountable for his actions? Only time will tell, but the outcome of this case could have far-reaching implications for police accountability and the pursuit of justice in similar incidents.

Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. This is absolutely sickening. The fact that there is even a “twist” in the case of Eric Duprey’s tragic death is beyond disturbing. This poor individual lost their life, and now it seems like there are more layers of injustice and heartbreak being added to the story. It’s infuriating to think that justice may not be served and that there are people out there trying to manipulate the truth. My heart goes out to Eric’s loved ones who have to endure this unimaginable pain

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