OUR CASES GET A LOT OF ATTENTION.
THE FIRM'S PARTNERS ARE REGULARLY QUOTED IN THE MEDIA, INCLUDING THE NEW YORK TIMES AND DAILY NEWS, AND OUR CASES HAVE RECEIVED EXTENSIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE.
On January 26, 2012, 19-year-old Jateik Reed was brutally beaten and arrested by several NYPD officers from the 42nd Precinct. The beating was caught on tape and the footage was widely circulated on the internet. Since then, the Reed family has suffered constant harassment at the hands of the NYPD.
The day that Jateik was beaten and arrested, in addition to charging him with multiple trumped up crimes as a result of that incident, the NYPD also fabricated other charges against not only Jateik, but also his mother, brother, and friend, who were arrested when they attempted to visit him at the precinct.
We, along with our esteemed co-counsel Michael Tarif Warren and Gideon Orion Oliver, represented Jateik and his relatives in a civil suit against the City of New York and the officers involved, several of whom were put on desk duty following the incident.
In December 2016, we announced a $614,500 settlement in the case.
We were pleased to help obtain justice for Jateik.
LUCKY BAG LITIGATION
In Schwartz v. City of New York, the Firm challenged the highly controversial NYPD policy known as "Operation Lucky Bag," in which officers plant purses and other property in City subways and parks and arrest whoever picks it up, even if that person is a good samaritan.
After defeating the City's summary judgment motion, the City appealed the district court's decision denying qualified immunity to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. After argument, the Circuit issued a Summary Order, holding that the officers had failed to establish even arguable probable cause for plaintiff's arrest. While the appeal was pending, the Firm successfully opposed the City's motion to stay Monell discovery, and compelled the production of a broad range of policy disclosures.
Following these wins, the Firm obtained a favorable settlement for the plaintiff.
The District Court's Lucky Bag Orders
THE HURRICANE SANDY LOOTING CASES
The Firm has successfully represented a number of young minority men arrested for looting a Key Food supermarket in Coney Island, Brooklyn, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
In one of the cases, Franks v. City of New York, the Firm persuaded the District Court to order production of officer photographs over the City's vigorous opposition. The City's motion for reconsideration was also denied.
All of the Hurricane Sandy cases were settled before depositions.
JURY AWARDS PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN TRIAL AGAINST PORT AUTHORITY
In early 2014, the Firm obtained a punitive damages award for client Tyson Lucas in his false arrest trial against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the Southern District of New York.
The Port Authority had refused to discuss settlement during the case.
In this video, Mr. Lucas is seen being pushed by a Port Authority police officer. It was one of the coldest nights of the year and Mr. Lucas had entered the bus terminal to warm up after collecting cans in the frigid temperatures for hours. The jury found that Mr. Lucas was doing nothing illegal when this shove took place and that the officer acted with wanton disregard for Mr. Lucas' federally protected civil rights.
It was hugely gratifying for the Firm to be able to help Mr. Lucas bring this officer to justice. We were humbled and honored to work on his case.