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Firefighter Charged in Salty Dog Bar Brawl

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

July 02, 2010

BROOKLYN, NY – Criminal charges against one firefighter involved in a boozy Brooklyn bar brawl were dropped Thursday, but a second has been indicted on two misdemeanors.

Firefighter Ryan Warnock was charged with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the Jan. 29 slugfest at the Salty Dog in Bay Ridge.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes refused to charge firefighter Michael Reilly, saying “he tried to act as a peacemaker.”


Firefighter Ryan Warnock

While as many as 11 firefighters were initially eyed in the fisticuffs, only the two faced charges.

“It is clear from our investigation that other individuals participated in this brawl and if sufficient evidence develops to identify them and to prove criminal conduct on their part, additional charges will be brought,” Hynes said in a statement.

Sinan Selmani, a soccer coach at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, and three of his cousins claim they were pummeled mercilessly in an unprovoked attack by drunken Bravest.

Their attorney, Chad Seigel, was perplexed about the Hynes’ decision to clear Reilly.

“Anyone who looks at the evidence … can conclude he’s not a peacemaker,” Seigel said.

“We have every intention of continuing to seek justice in a different court, a different forum, and will obtain it.”