Former cop indicted on assault charges


WHITE PLAINS – A Westchester County grand jury has indicted a former probationary Mount Vernon Police officer for allegedly assault a defendant in his custody and other charges.

James Ready, 27, of Putnam Valley, is no longer with the department.

He was charged with two counts of assault and two counts of falsifying business records, all as felonies.

Prosecutors allege that on November 23, 2019 Ready was in charge of a person who was in police custody and had been taken to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital emergency room to seek medical attention. Around 1:30 a.m., ready was attempting to return him to Mount Vernon Police headquarters.

At that time, the man in custody was handcuffed and shackled at the ankles. Ready picked him up, flipped him over, and threw him to the floor head first, causing serious injury.

The incident was captured on hospital surveillance video.

The falsifying official records charge stems from Ready recording a false narrative of the incident.

“Not only did James Ready seriously injure his victim, he breached the public trust,” said District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. “We will hold this defendant accountable as we would anyone else facing such serious criminal charges.”