New York City police officer sued by Brooklyn teen

A 19-year-old teen in Brooklyn, New York, has filed a lawsuit against a Brooklyn police officer whom he says falsely arrested him – not once, but twice. The first arrest occurred on February 24 in Brownsville. The second arrest occurred on July 4 – just days after the officer was served with a lawsuit alleging the false arrest.

During the first arrest in February, the teenager said he had just gotten off work at McDonald’s and was walking with two friends. The three males stopped to talk to a 16-year-old boy they knew. The group was approached by officers in plainclothes, according to court filings. The officers began to frisk the males, but the 16-year-old took off. He was caught by the officers, who also recovered a gun the boy had allegedly thrown under a vehicle. The officers then called on the radio for other police in the area to search for the other three males. They had already been searched by the plainclothes officers and nothing illegal was found, according to court documents.

The three were quickly located and arrested. It was 15 hours that the trio spent in custody before the district attorney’s office in Brooklyn determined that charges would not be filed. The teenager filed his lawsuit on June 26, claiming he was falsely arrested.

On July 4, the teen and the officer met again. This time, the teen saw the officer walking towards him. Court filings claim the officer told other officers that the teen was the one responsible for the lawsuit. The teen had been inside a check-cashing business and had left his bicycle on the sidewalk in front of the store. When he exited, the same officer arrested him for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk, a charge the teen denies.

Normally, a person is issued a summons for the charge, but the officer arrested the teen. This time, he spent 30 hours in jail before a judge released him, dismissing the charges.

The teenager, who has been accepted to Ohio State University, had no record until his run-ins with this officer. The officer has been sued twice before and is currently being sued by eight plaintiffs in connection with their arrests in March.

If you believe you have been the victim of police misconduct, contact an attorney to discuss your options. You have rights, and when those rights are violated, the responsible party needs to be held accountable.

Source: nydailynews.com, “Brooklyn teen sues NYPD officer for 2 false arrests” John Marzulli, Jul. 27, 2013