A Brooklyn man was accused of trying to cut the brake line of a New York Police Department vehicle during George Floyd’s protests and riots last year. He subsequently pleaded guilty.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said at a press conference that 25-year-old Jeremy Trapp pleaded guilty to one charge of vandalism in federal court in Brooklyn on Friday. Trapp also pleaded guilty to unrelated wire transfer fraud charges.
The prosecutor said that Trapp climbed under a marked NYPD van in Brooklyn Sunset Park on July 17, 2020, and then partially cut off “a part of the NYPD van’s anti-lock braking system. The system is in the same position as the main brake line of the New York Police Department vehicle in appearance,” the Justice Department said. “A malfunctioning anti-lock braking system will adversely affect the driver’s control of the vehicle to stop and maintain in an emergency.”
This incident occurred during anti-police protests and riots in New York City and across the country after Freud’s death.
“I deliberately damaged a police car of the New York Police Department. I cut the wire,” Trapp told the judge, according to a New York Daily News reporter.
According to a criminal lawsuit, Trapp spoke with a federal informant during the Brooklyn demonstration. The complaint stated that Trapp subsequently called the policeman a racist and expressed his hope to “harm the police and their supporters.”
“Trapp expressed excitement [informant] Regarding cutting the brake line of the New York Police Department truck and saying that he wants to do the same with more police cars,” the complaint said.
The US Department of Justice also stated that a month ago, Trapp submitted a fraudulent economic injury disaster loan and grant application to provide low-interest loans to small businesses.
Officials said Trapp claimed that he was the sole proprietor of a car wash business in Brooklyn, which was actually a multi-unit residential building, and other false statements about non-existent business. Despite this, the Small Business Administration approved a loan of $42,500 and a grant of $10,000 to Trapp, and then deposited the funds into his bank account, the agency said.
“I filled out the paperwork for false statements and statements about the car wash business. According to the New York Daily News, my bank account received the loan money,” Trapp also admitted in court on Friday.
“With today’s confession of guilt, Trapp will face the consequences of his blatant lawlessness and fraud. Firstly, to destroy a police car to endanger their lives, and secondly, to put stolen government funds in his pockets for the purpose of To provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Marklesco, said in a statement on Friday.
“The office and its law enforcement partners will bring to justice any individual who deliberately endangers police safety and steals funds from government programs designed to help deserving recipients.”
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times