The New York Daily News - April 28, 2011
Two Bronx cops accused of beating a man during a traffic dispute were convicted of official misconduct Thursday - but jurors were deadlocked on gang assault charges. Jurors found that Michelle Anglin and Koleen Robinson, 27, acted improperly in their capacity as police officers during a street brawl with a Bronx spoken-word poet. "Wow," a shocked-looking Anglin whispered as the guilty verdicts were read. The cops were accused of pistol-whipping Marlon Smith, 38, blinding him with pepper spray and striking him with a baton until his head cracked open. They also assaulted a man who came to Smith's aide and never flashed police identification, prosecutors said. Jurors have not reached a verdict on the two counts of gang assault against each cop. The off-duty cops were driving through Williamsbridge on Aug. 18, 2008, when they allegedly told Smith to close his "f------" car door. Not knowing they were cops, Smith had words with the pair, calling them "bitches," prosecutors said. The cops - who work out of Transit District 12 in the Bronx - face a minimum of five years in prison if convicted on all charges.