Huffpost New York

Bernie Goetz, NYC Subway Vigilante, Fighting Low-Level Pot Charges

Posted: Updated:
BERNIE GOETZ
Bernhard Goetz, dubbed the ?subway hero,? by gun clubs for his defensive attack on four youths in a New York subway, receives the Good Samaritans award from Frank Borzellieri, President of the Queens Good Samaritans Committee at a New York State Rifle & Pistol Clubs annual luncheon in New York on Sunday, April 24, 1988. Goetz delivered a speech to raise money for his legal defense fund. Here Goetz poses with some "Bernie's Girls."(AP Photo/David Bookstaver) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Print

NEW YORK (AP) — A vigilante who shot four panhandling youths on a New York City subway in 1984 is fighting low-level drug charges.

Bernie Goetz was arrested in November on misdemeanor drug charges. Police say he was nabbed in a sting selling $30 worth of pot to an undercover officer.

Manhattan prosecutors offered him 10 days of community service Wednesday to resolve the case.

Goetz admitted Wednesday outside court that he had the drugs, but he says he is fighting the charges because he was coerced into taking money for the pot and because police are too aggressive.

Goetz was cleared of attempted murder but convicted of weapons charges after the 1984 shooting and spent 250 days in jail. He says the four youths had sharpened screwdrivers and were trying to mug him.

Around the Web

1984 subway vigilante Bernie Goetz fighting low-level pot charge but admits he ...

Stasi: Zimmerman, Goetz only tough guys with guns