While driving on Manhattan's West Side Highway, Alexian Lien, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter were accosted by a group of bikers.
The "Hollywood Stuntz" riders intimidated the family to such an extent that Lien panicked and drove through a group of the bikers, gravely injuring one. The bikers then pursued Lien's SUV, eventually dragging him from the car and assaulting him. Braszczok allegedly took part, smashing the SUV's rear window. He was arraigned and released this afternoon after posting $150,000 bail.
NBC New York reports that Braszczok was one of the undercover officers present during the Occupy Wall Street protests. He's been with the NYPD since 2003 and has spent the last five years in an undercover unit. The Gothamist reports that during his time with the Occupy movement, Braszczok slept with protesters at Zuccotti Park, joined in marches, all the time reporting back to his superior officers.
Braszczok handed himself over to NYPD, accompanied by his then-lawyer, longtime cop-defender Phil Karasyk, who famously: Orchestrated the successful defense and acquittal of several New York City Detectives following the police involved shooting at the Kalua Club in Queens, N.Y.
He proudly serves as General Counsel to the Detectives Endowment Association and Lieutenants Benevolent Association of the New York City Police Department. Gothamist reports that Braszczok has switched lawyers. Karasyk was a union lawyer, and the officer is now being represented by John Arila.