A gay Staten Island man who claims he was beaten, threatened and endured gay slurs from four New York Police Department officers during a noise complaint call is planning to launch a whopping $25 million dollar lawsuit against the NYPD and the four officers reports The Huffington Post.
Falcone’s lawyer Eric Subin obtained footage of the disturbing assault and shared it with reporters; Falcone found himself disturbed after watching the video, turning away from the television screen:
“I’m disturbed. I’m disturbed as a person, as a gay man, as a human being — just to see this happen to somebody, even if it wasn’t me. It’s just crazy how these cops act. I can’t go to work. I can’t stand for long periods of time. I can’t sleep.”
NYPD officials maintain Falcone was punched in the face by his brother, who was drunk at the time, during their initial conflict who later fled the scene, and that Falcone “was acting irrational and spit in a PO’s face while he was being taken into custody.” Falcone and Subin deny the NYPD’s allegations and that Falcone was compliant with officers until he was forcibly removed from his mother’s home. Falcone’s lawyer stated that the lawsuit filed on Tuesday names the NYPD, the four officers and the city of New York as defendants and seeks $25 million in restitution for violations of Falcone’s civil rights, excessive force and police brutality.
A MoveOn.org petition claims the four police officers are still on active duty with no evidence of disciplinary action from the NYPD regarding the incident.