DA Vance, Commissioner Peters: HRA Peace Officer Sentenced to Prison For Sexually Assaulting Woman in Custody
“John Lugo breached his duty as a peace officer in one of the most egregious ways possible,” said District Attorney Vance. “Instead of protecting and serving an individual in his care, he used his position and power to sexually assault her. I thank the brave survivor in this case for coming forward, and our partners at DOI for their strong commitment to rooting out criminal misconduct by City employees.”
Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. on DOJ’s Threats to Unlawfully Withhold Public Safety Grants as Punishment For Successful ‘Sanctuary City’ Policies
“New York City – the safest big city in America – is proof that sanctuary policies work."
"My Office and our partners will continue pursuing criminal cases against companies that endanger and defraud their workers, but meaningful, practical deterrence—in the form of higher corporate penalties for killing and maiming workers—is the only way that New York State can end these dangerous and unlawful practices that put vulnerable New Yorkers’ lives at risk.”
“This powerful executive sought to silence this survivor and invalidate her testimony, exploiting the power imbalance between them and falsely insisting that his torturous acts were consensual.”
“As Commissioner O’Neill and I warned last year, ‘card cracking’ scammers with large followings on Snapchat and other platforms are luring people into their schemes by showing off designer merchandise, luxury cars, and stacks of cash."
Photos: D.A. Vance, Thrive Collective, Partners Host First-Ever “Art of Healing” Festival in East Harlem in Honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month
"This weekend’s Art of Healing festival serves as an important reminder that our work as prosecutors extends beyond the courtroom and that, often, delivering justice for victims means meeting with them in their own neighborhoods."