Lesbian Couple Files Suit Against NYPD Over Beating And Homophobic Slurs
This past summer we posted a story about a lesbian New York couple alleged that they were assaulted by an off duty officers and several others after being referred to as “f***ing dykes”.
They are now seeking restitution for their suffering according to the HuffingtonPost
A Brooklyn woman who alleges a police officer called her a homophobic slur before assaulting and falsely arresting her is suing New York City and the police department.
Filmmaker and bartender Stephanie Dorceant, 29, and her ex-girlfriend, Nandi Allman, filed the suit in a Brooklyn federal court Monday afternoon — two weeks after she was cleared of assaulting the police officer. It claims that early on July 11, 2015, the couple was walking back to their apartment in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn when off-duty NYPD officer Salvator Aquino, who was not in uniform, bumped into Dorceant from behind.
“When Ms. Dorceant asked Police Officer Aquino whether he was ‘alright’ he responded in sum and substance ‘mind your own business you f***ing dyke,’” the lawsuit states.
Stephanie goes on to say:
[Aquino] then attacked me, punched me in the face a number of times, choked me and called me several more anti-gay slurs. When he had his hands around my neck I truly thought I was going to die. I could not breathe. The only way I could get him to stop attacking me and my girlfriend was to bite him.
When other police officers showed up I thought we were saved. That was not the case. It turned out that this man was an off-duty police officer. Instead of helping me and my girlfriend and arresting our attacker, more officers piled on top of me, slamming me onto the pavement and putting their knees on my neck, shoulders, and back. They then put us both into handcuffs and threw us into a holding cell in the precinct. After being processed at the precinct I was taken to the hospital, and then to central bookings.
She also says she has suffered from severe PTSD as a result of the incident.
“I keep having nightmares that [police are] trying to kill me,” she said. “I woke up shaking my heart was tremoring. I had to call my sister to calm me down because I dreamt that I was in jail and a cop tried to molest me and it felt very real. I constantly keep having this fear they’re going to take me, or this is all a dream and I’m actually back in Rikers.”
The suit names Officer Aquino, 5 other NYPD officers and the city of New York for unspecified damages aka MILLIONS of dollars. We hope they win every dime.
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