I was just retained by a father and son who were assaulted by police officers assigned to the 60th precinct on September 3, 2010. This incident occurred in the back of a building located on West 27th street in Brooklyn. This incident began when the police officers arrested the son without a warrant and without probable cause that he committed a crime. After his arrest and while he was in handcuffs, the police officers began to beat him according to witness statements. Witnesses to this event contacted the parents who rushed to the scene. Once there, the parents of this young man witnessed the police beating their son as he was lying on the ground with his hands behind his back in handcuffs. The father then approached the cops to ask why this was happening and was repeatedly punched in the face by the police officers who then place him in handcuffs as well. The mother, who works for law enforcement, then approached the police officer and asked, “why are you doing this?” She was then told to shut the fuck up or be arrested. Both father and son were charged with nonsense crimes and taken to the 60th precinct where they were further abused and assaulted. The charges were later dropped or dismissed and both are receiving treatment for injuries they sustained as a result of this incident. What does an incident like this say about the current culture of the NYPD?
I was recently retained to represent two young black males who were denied entry to the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley in NYC on September 17, 2010. According to the males, they were both denied entry because of a dress code despite the fact that both were well dressed. Both males claim that the bouncer let in white males that were not dressed as nice. This incident is similar to the one involving New York City police officer Aubrey Henry who claims to have been denied access to the Bowling Alley on February 27, 2010. Mr Aubrey’s lawsuit against the bowling alley is pending in Federal court. Do you think places of public acomodation can deny access to people based on their gender, the color of their skin or on their race? Do you think Clubs and other places of public acomodation are using dress codes as a pretext to exclude for other reasons?
I was recently retained by a young black male who was assaulted and battered in his Brooklyn apartment by several members of the New York City police department. When he ran to his window to call for help, he was violently pushed out of his window and on to a fire escape. The police officers then threw him off of the fire escape to the ground below. To make matters worse, the police officers then dragged the man for some unknown reason. The police officers then intentionally failed to call for medical assistance. A notice of claim, a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit against the City, was filed last week. Additionally, complaints were filed with the Internal Affairs Bureau and the Civilian Complaint Review Board who are performing an investigation of this matter. Does this outrage you as much as it does me?