A New York woman and her ex-girlfriend have filed suit alleging that a police officer called her a “f**king dyke” before she was attacked and falsely arrested.
Stephanie Dorceant and Nandi Allman filed the lawsuit in Brooklyn last Monday after Dorceant was cleared of allegations she assaulted office Salvator Aquino in July.
According to Dorceant, the attack came after Aquino bumped into her from behind. She claims that when she asked the police officer if he was “alright,” he used the homophobic slur, punched her in the face and choked her. She says that biting Aquino was the only way to stop the attack. Officers arriving at the scene are said to have then attacked Dorceant and Allman.
The events caused a rift in the couple’s relationship and the couple have since split.
In a statement, Dorceant said:
“I keep having nightmares that [police are] trying to kill me. I woke up shaking, my heart was tremoring. I had to call my sister to calm me down because I dreamt that I was in jail and a cop tried to molest me and it felt very real. I constantly keep having this fear they’re going to take me, or this is all a dream and I’m actually back in [jail].”
Lawyer Benjamin Zeman said his client hopes to send a message “to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD that New Yorkers of all races, religions, genders, ethnicities and sexual persuasions will tolerate nothing less than fair treatment and equal protection under the law.”
Watch Dorceant tell her story below.
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