Email to the Nassau County District Attorney about forcing me to have a mental evaluation.


Greetings Nassau District Attorney, 

I was arrested yesterday by the Nassau County Police Department. I was charged with misdemeanor harassment. 

I called NCPD headquarters and Nassau County 911. We argued on the phone. I never threatened anyone. 

If anyone listens to the calls I don’t believe that the NCPD would be proud of the way the NCPD switchboard and 911 operators spoke to me. I’m not proud of all the calls either. 

About ten members of the NCPD 6th Precinct spoke with me in Great Neck about five days ago. They told me to stop calling NCPD headquarters and NCPD 911. 

I immediately stopped. I have not called either one of them since. 

Yesterday I was arrested at the Jericho Public Library in the lobby. I didn’t resist arrest, I was respectful to all the officers, and we left without incident. 

The reason I’m contacting you is because of the mental health evaluation you requested and the judge agreed to add to my case. 

I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t have a criminal record. 

When the police visited me and told me to stop calling them I immediately stopped. 

I’m a full-time student at LaGuardia Community College. Next semester I’ll be attending Baruch College as a journalism major. 

With all due respect, there is nothing wrong with me mentally. I’ve been homeless for about five years. I’ve been surviving and working to get back into an apartment. 

I know there is no getting out of the mental health evaluation but I wanted to contact you and respectfully say I don’t think it’s fair. I feel like I’m being discriminated against because I’m homeless and I was arguing with the police. 

I don’t want to miss school. Also, I’m in New York City 99 percent of the time. 

I was in Nassau County at the Jericho Public Library studying for school when I was arrested. Sometimes I visit Panera Bread in Hicksville, NY to study. That’s all I’m doing in Nassau County.

I have places to shower. I have storage to keep my things paid for by HRA. I look just like anyone else. 

I don’t think it’s fair to bring mental health into a situation when I have spent several hours in NCPD custody and acted respectful and normal. Also, I have a 4.0 at CUNY after 27 credits. Plus, I’m 44 and I don’t have a criminal record. 

Does that sound like someone with mental health issues? 

Also, I am happy to give you access to my T Mobile account and all my phone records. They took my phone as evidence. Please let me know when I can have it back. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

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New York City startups, web marketing, and Baruch College journalism major. 917-815-5415