Paterson settles man’s wrongful arrest lawsuit | Paterson Times

Paterson settles man’s wrongful arrest lawsuit


Council members settled a wrongful arrest lawsuit on Tuesday evening that was filed by an inmate who alleged a police officer falsely arrested him while he was out of prison on parole.

Elijah McQueen alleged officer Jason De Lucca subjected him to a search and “falsely arrested” him, according to court records.

McQueen was walking on North Main Street on November 13th, 2013 when De Lucca ordered him to get on the ground at gunpoint. The police officer searched McQueen, but did not find any evidence of wrongdoing, according to the lawsuit.

McQueen was handcuffed and placed inside a police cruiser, reads the suit. McQueen reappeared and informed McQueen he was being arrested for heroin possession, reads the lawsuit.

“As a result of my false arrest my parole was revoked on the basis of testimony by an officer,” wrote McQueen in court filings.

“The heroin charges were dismissed in their entirety without explanation or court appearance,” reads the lawsuit.

The council approved $1,000 to settle the lawsuit.