Paterson man shot by policewoman sues city seeking $10 million in damages | Paterson Times

Paterson man shot by policewoman sues city seeking $10 million in damages


The city man shot in the stomach outside of the Frank X. Graves Public Safety Complex by a policewoman has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages, according to federal court records.

Larry Bouie was behaving erratically and shouting outside of 111 Broadway at about 5:50 p.m. on October 29th, 2016 when the on-duty policewoman, whose name has yet to be released by authorities, fired on him. He was wounded in the stomach, according to police. His girlfriend and twin sons witnessed the incident.

Bouie was not armed. He also did not have any objects that could have been mistaken for a weapon, says the lawsuit. His shooting sparked a small protest against police in downtown Paterson.

“Her use of deadly force was unreasonable, unlawful, and excessive,” claims his lawsuit filed on June 7th, 2017. He underwent skin grafting, two life-saving surgeries, physical therapy, and will require additional treatment in the future, according to the lawsuit.

“In this case my client, completely unprovoked, was shot. There was no physical altercation, there was threats, he was not holding anything. This was just an unprovoked shooting by a female officer,” said Bouie’s attorney Kaitlin Nares of New York-based Fisher & Byrialsen.

Police director Jerry Speziale declined to comment on Monday morning when asked about the lawsuit. “I don’t comment on pending litigation,” he said.

Nares said the city is failing to properly train police officers on use of force. She cites a number of police-involved shootings over the years in the lawsuit. There were five police-involved shootings in Paterson in 2016. In 2017 so far, there have been two police-involved shootings.

These shootings have not prompted reform in the department, said Nares. She cited the city’s rejection of state funds for body cameras. “It’s a serious problem these officers don’t have body cameras,” she said. “They are not doing things to be able to protect the citizens of Paterson.”

The city rejected funding for body cameras because of the cost associated storing the recordings. Even without body cameras, there were plenty of witnesses to Bouie’s shooting. For example, Bouie’s girlfriend, Tasha Wade, witnessed the incident as did others on the busy street of downtown Paterson.

Though the shooting happened almost nine months ago, the policewoman involved has neither been cleared nor indicted by a grand jury. It appears this case is taking more time than a similar case from last year. For example, police officer Jonathan Bustios wounded a suspect in late December 2016 and he was cleared by a grand jury in early May.

“Due to the secrecy rules surrounding Grand Jury presentations, we cannot comment unless and until Grand Jury matters become public,” said Mary Ryan, chief assistant prosecutor at the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, when inquired about whether a grand jury has made a determination in the Bouie case.

The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office typically announces when a grand jury clears or indicts in police-involved shooting cases.

Through his lawsuit, Bouie is seeking $10 million in damages. He sustained “severe and permanent emotional and physical injuries,” according to his court complaint.

When asked if the amount is a bit too excessive, Nares said, “If I walked up to you and shot you in the stomach, what would you value that at? Looking at someone else kind of seems excessive.” She noted Bouie, who has children, had to spend months in the hospital and will have gastrointestinal problems for the rest of his life.

“We don’t think it’s excessive,” she said.

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  • Frank Daunno

    I am appalled and disgusted. I feel that officer should be retrained reason being- she should of killed him instead of just wounding that piece of garbage. I guess the part about him beating the supposed witness prior to police arrival and his psychotic behavior was conveniently left out of the article. What else is expected from the manipulating media. I happen to be there and many plugs have been left out of the incident. Good luck on winning the case- your typical piece of garbage who wants to scream and make noise in hopes of making a quick buck without working- I feel if he wasn't high and acting like he did , he would of been on his way to get to his spot and make a few bucks on that corner.

    • Dominick Perez

      Let's just do away with the court system and make the cops judge, jury, and executioner.

      • Frank Daunno

        The court system does need major overhauling and cleaning up, but unfortunately a judge or jury couldn't do a thing for that guy even if they were there on the scene – when it was happening. The only one who could do anything was that one person who took an oath to protect you, your family, and all human beings from harm. This guy just finished hurting his "baby's mama" in front of "their" kids and now was about to go after that officer. So if you want to make here judge, jury, executioner- then true in simple terms. She took the totality of the circumstances into consideration- as a judge would do, found him guilty of committing a serious crime and in the process of committing another, and took action- executioner. So yeah I'm with you

        • Dominick Perez

          I was being sarcastic. If you think that these cops give a shit about the people they took an oath to serve then I have a bridge over on Arch Street I'll sell you cheap. I grew up in Paterson the cops see every body as the enemy.

          • Frank Daunno

            I might be interested in that beach front property- but we can talk about that later. For now I know they don't look at the public as the enemy. Just remember many people look at the cop as the enemy- reason think about it. Every time a cop is called, they are called because there is a problem or a situation. So majority of the time it's a bad experience taking place. So naturally one associates them with a bad experience. Therefore they are looked at as bad- it's just human behavior. When did you ever call for the cops to come to the house to have a coffee or to chit chat about your garden etc. Never. So they have to always be on guard because people have hostilities towards them- and it's not even their fault. Remember they are the protectors, must always be ready to protect you and themselves- an injured or incompacitated cop is of no use so they give the appearance of dislike, but in reality they are just as you or me- bleed the same color Also remember many of them have seen some sick stuff so they build that wall- security blanket so it's not as easy to get burned as it was in the past for them. There are many factors involved- the public only sees what the news feeds them and after it's said enough times a lie becomes the truth to the recipient. Let me know pricing on that bridge I might bite

          • Dominick Perez

            Yeah well if you were the victim of "shoot first, shoot some more, and then ask a question" you might think differently. You sound like you're one of them so I don't expect you to understand. They protect their own at all costs, you know, like how many of them are drunks who drive drunk yet never seem to get a DUI or face legal repercussions until they kill someone aka Pedro Abad who was chauffered home three times drunk off his ass behind the wheel,, or drive their personal cars with tinted windows yet give out tickets to the peasants for the same, hand out those Gold Cards to their friends and family so they can break the traffic laws with impunity while the peasants get ticketed, points, and insurance surcharges, shoot people with impunity, etc. etc. etc. Maybe that has something to do with the hatred against them.