Why the hell would a cop want to rough HER up?! SMH
A teenage beauty queen says NYPD cops acted like pigs when they stopped, frisked and handcuffed her.
Male officers yanked 19-year-old Kristy Abreu — the reigning Miss Westchester — and her mother from their car in Harlem and tormented them for hours before releasing the pair, say the women, who were never charged with any crime.
Now Abreu and her mom have told the city they intend to sue for $210 million over their treatment.
The police roughed them up, locked them in a holding cell, laughed at them and permitted a fellow prisoner to taunt them with names and spit on them, the women say.
They took away their possessions — including Abreu’s Miss Westchester sash and crown, according to their claim filed with the city.
“We were treated like animals,” said Abreu, speaking to the Daily News in the Bronx home she shares with her parents. She is a Yonkers native.
“It was the worst night of my life,” recounted the brave beauty queen, who was supposed to make a guest appearance at a fashion show that night. “It haunts me every day.”
The dark-haired stunner and her 38-year-old mom, Kendy Paredes, say they were subjected to invasive frisks after cops stopped their car for a minor traffic violation near W. 145th St. and Eighth Ave. on May 5 at about 9 p.m.
“Where’s the party at?” one of the cops rudely asked Abreu, said her lawyer, Jack Yankowitz.
The women say they showed valid registration and insurance papers for the 2006 Honda Civic but were handcuffed and taken to the 32nd Precinct stationhouse anyway — apparently because cops thought the car was stolen.
City lawyers declined to comment Tuesday, saying they had not received notice of the claim.
But the women say they told cops about being stopped in 2012 because of a computer glitch that made police think their car was stolen. Rather than listen, the cops mocked them, they allege.
“When we got to the precinct, they just started laughing at us,” Abreu said.
Hey, now THAT sounds like some bullisht, we’d probably laugh at these broads too.
The cops tossed the pair into a cell with other suspected criminals, then threatened, humiliated and intimidated them and denied them access to food, drink, the telephone and the restroom, the women contend.
“They didn’t show any respect. They didn’t care,” Abreu said. “I just hope the community becomes aware of the ways police harass people and make them feel bad. It was just a nightmare.”
Abreu and Paredes were not read their Miranda rights, the pair charge.
The cops also allowed a female prisoner to spit on the women repeatedly and harass them with catcalls, yelling names like “pretty girl” and “crying little bitch” that made the claimants “cry uncontrollably,” they say.
We’re not sure if these ladies will get the $210 milli that they’re lookin’ for, but they damn sure deserve a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.
Image via Facebook/Carlos Peralta