Tyre Davis, 17, told his friend that he smelled dog feces while they were walking past a police officer who was scraping dog poo off his shoes in the Bronx area of New York City.
That remark on Feb. 18, 2011, spurred NYPD Officers Joseph Murphy and Jose Ocasio to arrest Davis for disorderly conduct.
After the teen was later released by the officers, he said they took him to an alley near a Bronx police precinct station house and beat him for about 30 seconds.
Davis told the New York Daily News at the time, "I thought I was going to die."
He went home with injuries to his face and head. His mother called the police to report the assault and the officers were charged.
The officers' lawyer claimed at the time that the cops would be vindicated.
According to the New York Times, Judge Julio Rodriguez III convicted Officers Murphy and Ocasio of attempted assault, a misdemeanor, and harassment, a violation, yesterday.
Judge Rodriguez cited a surveillance video, found by the Internal Affairs Bureau investigation, of the two officers "punching and kicking the teenager."
Bronx district attorney Robert T. Johnson is planning to ask the judge for probation for the officers because they were not convicted of felonies. They could keep their jobs.
For his part, Davis is suing New York City and the NYPD for damages.