Race Matters: NY Man Sits On Rikers Island For 6 Weeks For Being Black In A Hoodie

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NYC Man Sues City For False Arrest That Lead To 6 Weeks On Rikers Island

A former Macy’s employee (of course something racist happened to someone black who worked at Macy’s), David Owens, has sued the city of New York as well NYPD officer Anthony Francavilla for a false arrest that had him locked down in Rikers Island for 6 weeks!

Back in 2012 David clocked out of his shift and hopped the train to head home. An hour later, he was being detained by police for something he had nothing to do with…

Via NYDailyNews

The accuser told police she was resting with her feet on her backpack at 2:28 a.m. when she felt someone take it and later saw her hoodie-clad assailant (ed. note assailant was “vaguely described as black”) get off the train and run up a flight of stairs,” the lawsuit claims.

When police detained Owens an hour later, the woman, “who officers had to hold up as she spoke,” claimed that Owens did it, according to the complaint.

Owens tried to protest, explaining he had just clocked out of his job. He even showed officers his time-card receipt and gave them the phone number of his supervisor, but Officer Francavilla utterly “ignored him,” the lawsuit claims.

Owens was arrested and charged with grand larceny, with his bail set at $3,550 — an amount he could not pay, his lawyer said.

According to the reports, the woman who charged Owens was “erratic and possibly intoxicated”, but for whatever reason, the cops chose her word over David’s. Imagine that…

“It messed me up,” Owens, who now lives in Augusta, Ga., told the Daily News exclusively Monday. “I just hoped and prayed I wouldn’t get killed in there, and I would be able to tell my story so other people wouldn’t have to go through what I did.

“It was incredibly traumatic. If you get picked up and forcibly taken by someone and held against your will, it’s not that different from being kidnapped,” Hoffman told The News.

The charge against Owens was dropped when the prosecution couldn’t provide substantial evidence to prove their case.

But after losing his job and spending 6 weeks in the bing with the boys, he wants to be compensated. Big time. We hope he gets every red cent.

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