Student claims cops busted him for walking dog without leash CHRISTINA CARREGA-WOODBY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Today, 4:00 AM ET email Queens man beaten and arrested by NYPD after walking dog NY Daily News A 25-year-old college student says he was wrongfully arrested and beaten by Queens cops for walking his puppy outside his home without a leash. Nicholson Gregoire stepped outside his Queens Village house Dec. 15 to walk Blue, a 5-month-old pit bull, when he saw two officers stopping-and-frisking someone nearby. One officer noticed Gregoire did not have the dog on a leash and asked for his ID. said he told them it was inside his 101st Ave. home, and they allowed him to go inside with the pooch. He then closed the door. The officers were going to write Gregoire a summons, a police spokeswoman said. As Gregoire went into his bedroom to grab his ID, the officers repeatedly rang the bell, causing Gregoire’s 87-year-old grandfather, Roleme, to trek down the stairs to open the door. Gregoire allegedly refused to give up the ID, and his grandfather urged him to comply, the spokeswoman said. But, according to Gregoire and his grandfather, the cops aggressively pushed past the senior and attempted to arrest the grandson. HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Nicholson Gregoire shows the hole in the wall where he claims an NYPD officer repeatedly slammed his head. “The police are alleging that my client answered the door and dragged them inside, to justify coming into the house … They had no basis to enter the premises,” said Gregoire’s attorney Mark Crawford. The minor violation that could have ended with a warning or a summons quickly escalated to a felony charge that may land Gregoire in prison for up to seven years. The stunned Gregoire said he told his girlfriend to record the encounter with her cell phone. The video begins with the 6-foot-6 biology student holding his hands up, armed with his ID as two officers from the 105th Precinct struggle to cuff him. “I immediately knew where this was going,” said Gregoire, whose left arm is in a sling because of injuries to his elbow from the beating. Authorities said as Gregoire refused to hand over his ID, they attempted to handcuff him and a struggle ensued. One of the officers was placed in a chokehold and backup was called. “I’ve been watching the video over and over. I didn’t use any foul language. I don’t think I should have been arrested in my home for walking my dog. I was scared for my life. They have the guns,” he said, as tears filled his eyes. HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Gregoire was walking Blue, his 5-month-old pit bull, when incident kicked off. Over five minutes into the eight-minute scuffle, Gregoire put one of the officers in a chokehold, according to the criminal complaint and the video. “I don’t recall putting the officer in a chokehold,” he said. The incident spilled into the house’s small vestibule when a dozen uniformed and plainclothes officers as well as detectives barged in. One officer immediately jumped in, repeatedly punching Gregoire in the face. His head smashed into the white plastered wall, creating a large hole, the video shows. “They used two full cans of Mace on me like a rabid animal,” he said. “Not one of the officers tried to deescalate the situation.” The Nassau Community College student was sprayed with pepper spray three times before he was cuffed and taken out of the house. HOWARD SIMMONS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The officers allegedly pushed passed the student's 87-year-old grandfather, Roleme Gregoire, as they entered the home to arrest him. “The police showed no respect for the law, almost like mob mentality. If they were not police officers this would have been a gang assault,” said Crawford. Gregoire was charged with assaulting an officer, strangulation, resisting arrest and other raps. “My client’s constitutional rights were violated. The officers were smiling and that’s telling. These officers were not in any physical danger,” said Crawford. Two officers were treated for various injuries and released. Gregoire was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and spent the night in jail. His family posted $2,500 cash bail. “I’ve been getting migraines. I have nightmares,” Gregoire said. He said he was suspended from work since the incident and missed his last final at school, and intends to file a notice of claim against the city in Federal Court on Monday. Why can't I walk my pit bull without a leash? Why I gots to be answering to cops? This animal is wrong on every count, but he's the victim. He hurt his elbow when he tried to choke out a cop. The fact that the daily news would even print this nonsense shows what a shit rag the paper has become. I hope this asshole gets the full seven years.