Bell v. City of New York et al

Case number
Court district
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Plaintiff gender, specified in lawsuit
Incident date
July 5, 2016
Incident time
10:25 PM
Stop Location
Lobby/Outside Residence
Incident county
Kings (Brooklyn)
Settlement amount


Plaintiff was standing outside his residence and smoking a cigarette when he was approached by two officers who pulled up the curb. The officers stated that they smelled marijuana and the plaintiff responded that he didn't have any on him. Plaintiff explained that any marijuana cigarettes found on the sidewalk were probably from the night before, where people had been celebrating the 4th of July. Plaintiff was then told he was being issued a summons, and he asked the officers if he could go get his bike and his backpack, that were unattended on the sidewalk at 15 Quincy Street. He walked down and got on his bike and started to ride it back. An officer then tackled him off his bike and other officers came and began to punch and kick and hit the plaintiff with their batons. They also pushed his face into a pile of black garbage bags, causing him to be unable to breathe.

Plaintiff Attorney

Craig Warren Phemister Napoli Shkolnik PLLC 360 Lexington Avenue 11th floor New York, NY 10017 212-397-1000 Email: [email protected]

False Criminal Charges Outcome

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