Jared Williams was a star center fielder for Wagner College with dreams of becoming a major-leaguer when he crossed paths with NYPD cop Michael Daragjati.
Williams’ field of dreams ended on an October night in 2005 when he and two pals were arrested by the officer – falsely, he insists – outside a Staten Island bar.
“I feel he [Daragjati] racially profiled me,” Williams told the Daily News Tuesday.
There was a fight, he said, and “I feel we were the first black people he saw and we got pulled over.”
Williams was kicked off the baseball team just as he was being courted by scouts from the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies and Baltimore Orioles, he said.
The criminal case was tossed out by a judge, and Williams later would receive $12,500 from the city to settle a federal lawsuit.
But his life was changed forever when he was disqualified from the baseball draft for not playing his senior year.
Williams said he was not shocked to hear that Daragjati was arrested this week by the feds for allegedly fabricating criminal charges against a black man last April on Staten Island.
The cop wanted to punish the man for mouthing off about being stopped and frisked, according to court papers.
Daragjati was later caught boasting on the phone that he had “fried another n—-r.”
“I was completely innocent,” Williams said.
“He [Daragjati] said I fit the description of someone involved in an assault.”
Defense lawyer Duane Felton poked holes in the cop’s account of how a witness had fingered Williams as an assailant.
“I believe he [Daragjati] fabricated the identification,” Felton said yesterday.
Williams went on to play for the Florida Redfish in the independent South Coast League, but a major-league career was not to be.
Today, Williams teaches fourth- and fifth-grade special education students in a Washington elementary school.
“I’m a Christian, so I’m forgiving, but I believe he [Daragjati] should be punished for his actions,” he said.
“It breaks my heart that someone who took an oath to protect and serve is doing this.”
Say it ain’t so, Herman – You Uncle Tomming sack of isht.