Cohen's attorney said, "The officer takes full responsibility and announced his resignation from the police at the beginning of the hearing. He expressed real and deep regret and this is his opportunity to apologize to the citizen and tens of thousands of officers."
An indictment filed against Cohen accuses him of a series of violent offenses.
According to the indictment, Cohen found his private car damaged after leaving police headquarters. After checking cameras, Cohen got the license plate number of Mazen Shawiqi and confronted him. Shawiqi contended that he was aware of the cameras and was not attempting to avoid paying for damages.
An argument between the two men ensued and Cohen physically attacked Shawiqi.
“The defendant illegally attacked the plaintiff causing injury and committed a breach of trust by using his status as a police officer to access the police database outside of his purview,” read the indictment.
(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)