A city man claiming to be the victim of rogue police officers, who stopped people on the streets and cars on the roadways to steal cash, has filed a lawsuit against the city.
Dakeem Harrison’s lawsuit filed on Aug. 30, 2019 states he was a passenger in a motor vehicle pulled over on Dec. 7, 2017. He was a passenger in the car driven by his brother, according to the lawsuit.
Police officers Matthew Torres and Eudy Ramos stopped the vehicle without a “reasonable basis.”
Harrison was detained. He was removed to a police car while they searched his brother’s vehicle. Both officers “took a large sum of currency” from Harrison, according to the lawsuit. His lawsuit does not state the amount of money the officers took.
Harrison’s attorney Anthony Barsimanto did not respond to a call for comment on Monday.
Torres and Ramos were arrested by the FBI. Both men pleaded guilty to violating peoples’ civil rights.
According to FBI charging documents, Torres and Ramos stopped a vehicle on Dec. 7, 2017. The officers searched the car, driver, and the passenger. Charging documents state the passenger had $3,100 and marijuana.
Ramos told the passenger instead of charging him with marijuana distribution the officers could take $500 and let him go. Ramos then purportedly called his superior. He then told the passenger the superior officer said it had to be $800.
Ramos took a piece of white paper, wrote on it, and told the passenger to sign it. Both the driver and passenger were released.
Torres and Ramos shared the stolen cash, according to authorities. Neither Torres nor Ramos reported the incident to the police headquarters.
Harrison is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Harrison claims he sustained “serious inconvenience, embarrassment, loss of reputation, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment, and will to continue to endure pain, suffering, disability, and loss of enjoyment,” according to the lawsuit.
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