The New York Times Front Page Explores Police Perjury Through the Lens of Two H&F Cases

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.

The front page of today's New York Times takes a deep look at the problem of police perjury as illustrated by the firm's cases and others. 

 
 

 

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.

Surveillance video from the 2015 street encounter corroborates our client's account.

“To avoid a legitimate civilian complaint from Mr. Haynes, these officers were willing to recklessly endanger his life,” civil rights lawyer Gabriel Harvis told the Daily News.
— The Daily News

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.

Mr. Harvis said the detectives had shown “a profound indifference to the truthfulness of the allegations that they make against citizens.” Mr. McCoy, he said, believed that the charges were a positive step.
— The New York Times

Roosevelt McCoy discussed the ordeal with NY1's Dean Meminger. 

“It lets the police officers on the street know there are real penalties when they start making up allegations out of thin air,” Mr. Harvis said. “It’s impossible for him to get back the 52 days he spent in jail. It’s some degree of comfort that the officers will be held criminally accountable.”
— The New York Times

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.