As previously discussed on the H&F Blog, a Queens detective involved in two of the firm's recent cases was indicted in Manhattan and Queens earlier this year on charges including perjury and official misconduct.
In Haynes v. City of New York, H&F brought a constitutional challenge to the 2015 stop-and-frisk of client Hashim Haynes.
Surveillance footage (right) showed Mr. Haynes being struck by the officers' vehicle as he attempted to photograph their license plate following the unlawful stop.
The indicted detective was in the passenger seat.
As noted by the Times, this video footage broadly substantiated Mr. Haynes's allegations.
The case was settled before depositions.
McCoy v. City of New York involved the 52-day wrongful imprisonment of client Roosevelt McCoy, who was completely exonerated of drug sale charges after video evidence proved that the officers had lied. The same detective involved in the Haynes case was proven to have lied repeatedly in the McCoy matter.
After the firm filed a federal suit for Mr. McCoy, the matter was settled before depositions.
To compensate our clients in these two cases, the firm negotiated settlements totaling in excess of $620,000.