Another day, another police beatdown on an innocent black man.
35-year-old Dwight Edwards was already suffering from PTSD after suffering a brain injury and fractured eye socket from an IED blast while he was serving in Afghanistan with the Marines.
Now he’s suffering from depression stemming from a Jan. 2 incident where he says he visited the 103rd Precinct station in Queens to retrieve a friend’s belongings, only to be attacked by cops there. Having already checked himself into a hospital, he is now filing s lawsuit over the incident.
Via NYDaily News reports:
After a friend was arrested for urinating in public, Edwards went to the police stationhouse in Jamaica to pick up his pal’s cell phone and wallet. An unidentified officer near the front desk told Edwards, “Get the f— out of my precinct,” the suit states.
Edwards replied, “There’s no law in here,” which prompted the cop to shout, “What did you say?” and tackle him. Another officer allegedly kicked Edwards in the face three times, the suit states. “Who the f— do you think you are?” the kicker allegedly said.
The Marine veteran’s girlfriend was waiting for Edwards outside the stationhouse.
“He was yelling, ‘You kicked me in the face!’ ” Alicia Branford told the Daily News. “He said, ‘I served in the Marine Corps and this is how you treat people?’ ”
Edwards, who grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant but now lives in Florida, immediately went to the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Brooklyn for treatment and reported the beatdown.
He has no criminal record, and he served in the Marine Reserves from 2003 to 2006.
“He walked into the precinct unscathed and came out beaten,” lawyer Joel Berger said Thursday after filing a lawsuit in Brooklyn Federal Court.
A spokesman for District Attorney Richard Brown said the allegations are under “active investigation” by prosecutors and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. A police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.
Edwards was interviewed by authorities last month and picked out one cop from a photo array, Berger said.
What do you think should happen to those cops???