Skip navigation
× You have 2 more free articles available this month. Subscribe today.

$1.5 Million Settlement in New York City False Arrest Suit

The City of New York paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man who spent nine months in jail after being falsely accused of selling Ecstasy to an undercover officer.

The plaintiff, a taxi driver in his late 20s, was arrested for making the sale to the undercover officer, after appearing in court on an unrelated matter. His arrest was made on the basis of the officer identifying him to a sergeant several weeks after the alleged transaction.

The person who made the sale was known only as “J.D. Braids.” The plaintiff in the case said he had never worn his hair in braids. During discovery, the officer’s “Daily Activity Logs” failed to reflect the day of the alleged identification of the plaintiff because it was lost, but the plaintiff contended he would establish the officer was not working on the day of the identification.

While in jail, the plaintiff was placed in solitary confinement for one month and received minor injuries from being beaten by another prisoner. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The charges for selling drugs were dismissed due to lack of evidence. The plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. The matter settled in May 2009 prior to trial. The plaintiff was represented by attorney Roy S. Hiller.

See: Delossantos v. City of New York, Bronx County New York Supreme Court, Index No. 22468/04.

As a digital subscriber to Prison Legal News, you can access full text and downloads for this and other premium content.

Subscribe today

Already a subscriber? Login

Related legal case

Delossantos v. City of New York