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Vincentian family sues NYPD in n case of mistaken identity

06:27am | Thu, June 07, 2012

Delmus and Wendy Rowley , parents of Fifteen-year-old Brittany Rowley, a Vincentian honour student , have  reportedly filed a notice of claim with the City of New York and the New York Police Department (NYPD) for US$5.5 million in a case of mistaken identity.

The Rowleys, who reside in Brooklyn, said they have decided to take legal action because two white plainclothes cops last week severely and unnecessarily roughed-up their daughter, claiming she matched the description of a shoplifting suspect in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.

Brittany was reportedly  on her way to the library with an unidentified friend when thye noticed a vehicle trailing them.

Brittany said that she and her friend thought they were being abducted and began to run, after they saw the unmarked car reversing towards them.

She said they became more apprehensive when she heard a male voice shouting, “Get them!”

The teenager alleged that the sergeant threw her to the ground and yelled:  “Why did you f******* run? I should punch you.”

She said they were arrested and released hours later after cops realized they had arrested the wrong suspects.
 
Brittany said that she and her friend thought they were being abducted and began to run, after they saw the unmarked car reversing towards them.

She said they became more apprehensive when she heard a male voice shouting, “Get them!”

The teenager alleged that the sergeant threw her to the ground and yelled:  “Why did you f******* run? I should punch you.”

She said they were arrested and released hours later after cops realized they had arrested the wrong suspects.
 
Brittany reportedly suffered whiplash to her neck, and received injuries to her hand and other parts of her body

The NYPD was at the centre of controversy recently when a white police officer unlawfully arrested St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ United Nations Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves in the lobby of the building that houses the SVG Mission to the UN in midtown Manhattan.

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