The man who accused Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney of punching him in the face during a traffic stop is requesting a change of venue for the hearing on the ticket he was issued, saying he doesn’t feel he will get a fair hearing in Long Beach court.
Kevin Holian, a 64-year-old Syosset resident, claimed in Decemberthat Tangney punched him in the face after a traffic stop in which police say Holian drove through a stop sign. Tangney has denied the allegations.
In documents filed in First District Court, Holian requested the change of venue, saying that he doesn’t feel he’d be able to get a fair trial in Long Beach because of his case against Tangney, Newsday reported.
“I will not be able to receive a fair trial in the City Court of the City of Long Beach due to the fact that the charging witness in the traffic violation is the police commissioner and acting city manager, against whom I have placed charges of assault, abuse of power and intimidations for his actions during the incident which resulted in my being issued this traffic violation,” Newsday reported Holian’s motion reading.