Black Man Punched by White Off-Duty New Rochelle Cop Pleads Guilty to Substantially Reduced Charges

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (June 9, 2022) — Malik Fogg, the Mount Vernon man chased and beaten by New Rochelle Police Detective Michael Vaccaro, resolved all charges against him this morning in front of Judge Jared Rice in New Rochelle City Court.

Fogg, represented by attorney Mayo Bartlett, pleaded guilty to one violation for disobeying a traffic control device — the lines on a road he crossed while driving — and driving a vehicle the wrong way on a one-way road with a one-year conditional discharge.

Both traffic violations amounted to a $100 fine plus $88 surcharge Upon leaving the courtroom, Fogg paid the City of New Rochelle $376.

When Malik Fogg was arrested by the New Rochelle Police on February 15, 2021, he was hit with a slew of charges by NRPD: Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, Stalking in the Third Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Harassment in the Second Degree, and New York State Vehicle and three Traffic Violations — Moving From a Lane Unsafely, One-Way Violation on a Designated Road, and Crossing Road Hazard Markings. 

Fogg was also sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

Before today, those charges had been reduced to Reckless Driving. Today those charges were reduced further to two minor traffic charges.

Michael Vaccaro is scheduled to go to trial next week on two Misdemeanor counts of Assault-3rd for first repeatedly punching Fogg in the face with a closed fist while Fogg was being restrained by two uniformed on-duty New Rochelle Police officers, then forcing Fogg’s head into the sidewalk for 12 seconds while one of the same on-duty New Rochelle Police officers held Fogg’s arms behind his back.

On May 14, 2022, Fogg has filed a federal Civil Rights Lawsuit in White Plains Courthouse of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. The complaint names the City of New Rochelle, the New Rochelle Police Department, former Police Commissioner Joseph Schaller, and NRPD Officers Michael Vaccaro, Matthew Velasco, Scott Wallach and Melvin Molina.


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