Albany police officer accused in St. Anne Institute attack appears in court

Ervis Miftari

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Court documents are providing more insight into what happened here at the St. Anne Institute in July.

Albany Police Officer 29-year-old Ervis Miftari was back in Albany City Court on Wednesday regarding a harassment and endangering the welfare of a child charges.

His attorney Cheryl Coleman says Miftari was “blown away” by the accusations that he roughed up a 15-year-old girl at The St. Anne Institute when responding after a staff member says they were stabbed with a pen cap in the hand by the girl.

In court documents, one staff member says after the girl was placed in a time out room and repeatedly opened the door and would not comply with staff or officer demands she called Officer Miftari derogatory names and then says quote “officer Miftari then grabbed her by the jaw and pinned her up against the wall for about 30 seconds. I think he felt he would gain compliance from her.”

The staff member says quote “the officers were about to leave when she called the officers another derogatory name…’Officer Miftari came back and said ‘what did you say?’ The girl, according to the staff member, again called him the derogatory name. Officer Miftari then threw her to the ground and put her hands behind her back.”

There is a video of the incident. Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox says Miftari’s actions were unacceptable. His attorney who has not viewed the video yet says she disagrees.

“The use of force was not unauthorized and was not illegal,” Coleman said. “Not only did it not endanger her but it actually was in large part for her protection and for the protection of the staff there.”

The girl’s mother Tina Stoughton says that her daughter did not deserve that type of treatment no matter what.

“He was definitely in the wrong regardless. I mean he’s going to let a 15-year-old get to him like that though as an officer of the law?”

Albany Police say they did respond to a report of a stolen vehicle here Friday and State Police handled the chase that ensued. Coleman says the teen escaped the institute here and then stole a van and drove it. The girl’s mother said she was very upset about the incident but did not want to discuss it

Coleman says the teen escaped the institute here and then stole a van and drove it. The girl’s mother said she was very upset about the incident but did not want to discuss it.

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