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Charges dropped two years after cop called DWI suspect ‘total stripper’ on bodycam

Manhattan prosecutors have lastly determined to drop costs in opposition to a girl allegedly caught driving drunk greater than two years in the past — after the cop who busted her was accused by her lawyer of mendacity within the case, The Post has discovered.

Yael Glantz, 28, was stopped by Officer John Mascetti on Aug. 8, 2019, whereas she was behind the wheel of a black Mercedes-Benz 350 SUV in Midtown and charged with driving whereas intoxicated and driving whereas means impaired.

Bodycam footage allegedly confirmed the officer’s rising irritation with Glantz as she unsuccessfully tried to take a conveyable breath take a look at 4 instances earlier than he slapped her in cuffs, based on court docket paperwork beforehand reported by The Post.

But Mascetti wrote in arrest paperwork — and instructed the DA’s workplace — that Glantz blew a .15 on the breath take a look at, her lawyer, Mark Bederow, wrote within the filings.

That blood-alcohol degree would have been practically twice the authorized restrict of .08 p.c.

Video additionally appeared to indicate Mascetti texting one other cop about Glantz, describing her as a “bitch” and a “total stripper” — including, “I got pissed and cuffed her. I hate her,’” based on Bederow.

In letters to the DA’s workplace in 2019, Bederow called for costs in opposition to his consumer to be dropped over Mascetti’s “unprofessional behavior and bias” and the proof exhibiting he allegedly “deliberately misled” prosecutors concerning the arrest.

Screen grabs of body cam footage, released Nov. 11, 2019, show text messages sent by New York Police Officer John Mascetti.
Manhattan prosecutors turned over the footage as a part of discovery within the case.
New York Police Officer John Mascetti is seen arresting Yael Glantz in bodycam footage released to The Post Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
New York Police Officer John Mascetti is seen arresting Yael Glantz in bodycam footage launched to The Post, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

But the case dragged on, and it took till Wednesday, when Mascetti took the stand, for prosecutors to maneuver to dismiss the fees — in the course of Bederow’s cross-examination of the cop, the lawyer mentioned.

During his testimony, Mascetti was confronted with the obvious discrepancies in his sworn assertion and the bodycam footage, Bederow instructed The Post.

Some of the hold-up in dropping the fees could possibly be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought about delays in felony proceedings. But the lawyer mentioned it was nonetheless “mind-boggling” that it took till final week for prosecutors to tug the plug since “we notified the DA about [Mascetti’s] dreadful credibility two years ago in great detail.”

Yael Glantz
Yael Glantz was stopped by Officer John Mascetti on Aug. 8, 2019.
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New York Police Officer John Mascetti is seen arresting Yael Glantz
New York Police Officer John Mascetti was caught by the physique digital camera leering at Glantz, a DWI suspect, and describing her in texts as a “total stripper.”
Screen grabs of body cam footage, released Nov. 11, 2019, show text messages sent by New York Police Officer John Mascetti.
Screen grabs of physique cam footage, launched Nov. 11, 2019, present textual content messages despatched by New York Police Officer John Mascetti.

“They had the body camera, paperwork and texts and knew that Mascetti admitted that he hated Ms. Glantz and arrested her because she ‘pissed him off,’ ” Bederow mentioned. “That is outrageous.”

Glantz, a yoga teacher, is “relieved” to not have the fees hanging over her head any longer but additionally “perplexed and disappointed in the way that she was treated by Mascetti and the DA’s office,” Bederow mentioned.

“Neither she nor I can fathom how it took a courtroom spectacle to end this case two years after we alerted the DA to these problems,” he mentioned. “She deserved better from Mascetti and the DA’s office.”

The DA’s workplace didn’t instantly return a request for remark Sunday.

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