A Hackensack man has filed a lawsuit alleging police officers beat him during a traffic stop in Paterson.
Diego Ferro is seeking $150,000 in damages in the case filed on Monday. His claim arises from an Aug. 22, 2017 traffic stop on Slater and Marshall Street. He was driving in the area when police officers pulled him over. As he sat with his hands on the steering wheel, two police officers “forcibly removed” him from the vehicle and forced him to the ground, claims the lawsuit.
Ferro claims police then punched and kicked him in the face, chest, and torso “without provocation.” Police took him to headquarters. He claims he was again assaulted in the interview room. Police allegedly threw him to the ground then proceeded to punch and kick him in the eyes, jaws, ribs and chest, according the lawsuit.
After he was transferred the Passaic County Jail, correctional officers noticed his injuries and had him transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center for treatment, says the lawsuit. Ferro was treated for a fracture to his right cheek under the eye. He was also treated for injuries to his head, ribs, chest, and torso.
Ferro’s lawsuit names the city and police officers Russell Curving, Sal Judeh. He also names other unidentified officers.