Cops Bust Harlem Doll's-head Whistleblower
BY WIL CRUZ and MELISSA GRACE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Five days after complaining that the head of a black doll was attached to an unmarked cop car's antenna, a Harlem man was busted on unrelated charges Sunday.
Clarence Jones was booked on disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges after a confrontation when a cop wrote a summons against the SUV he had parked in a bus stop at 1:25 a.m., officials said.
Jones' supporters called the bust retaliatory for the earlier complaint.
"It smells fishy," said state Sen. Bill Perkins (D-Harlem).
Cops denied any connection.
"The arresting officer, who is Asian, did not know Jones," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement.
Jones, 27, was busted after ignoring an order from the cop who was issuing a ticket against his 2003 Lincoln Navigator, which was parked in a bus lane at 116th St. and Madison Ave., officials said.
Jones - who police sources said was also busted in February for possessing marijuana - got in and drove for a block to Fifth Ave. After parking, Jones tussled with the cops as they arrested him, NYPD officials said.
Jones said he was beaten by cops, and he brandished a bloody shirt he claimed was proof of his injuries.
"They broke my tooth in half," said Jones, who was arraigned last night and freed without bail. "My collarbone, I can't breathe without it hurting."
Police officials said Jones refused medical attention and demanded to talk with Internal Affairs Bureau cops about his claims of retaliation. Things got even worse when Jones' mom got into a scuffle with cops on the street.
"All I wanted to do was see my son," said Kimberly Pressley, 48, who was issued a summons and released.
Jones spotted the doll head on an unmarked police car with two white cops in the historically black neighborhood Tuesday. The cops yanked it off before Jones could get a picture of it with his cell phone, but the incident has sparked anger.