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Damien Crisp v. City of New York Complaint

Damien Crisp v. City of New York Complaint

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK
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DAMIENCRISP,
12
CV
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COMPLAINTANDDEMAND
Plaintiff,FORAJURYTRIAL
-v-12-CV-
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THECITYOFNEWYORK,NewYorkCityPoliceDepartmentCHIEFJOSEPHESPOSITO,NewYorkCityPoliceDepartmentINSPECTORANTHONYBOLOGNA,andOFFICERJOHNDOE1throughOFFICERJOHNDOE42(thenamesJohnDoebeingfictitious,asthetruenamesandshieldnumbersarepresentlyunknown),intheirindividualandofficialcapacities,Defendants.
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"Whatahugedebtthisnationowestoits'troublemakers.'FromThomasPainetoMartinLutherKing,Jr.,theyhaveforcedustofocusonproblemswewouldprefertodownplayorignore.Yetitisoftenonlywithhindsightthatwecandistinguishthosetroublemakerswhobroughtustooursensesfromthosewhoweresimply...troublemakers.Prudence,andrespectfortheconstitutionalrightstofreespeechandfreeassociation,thereforedictatethatthelegalsystemcutallnon-violentprotestersafairamountofslack."
Garcia
v.
Bloomberg,
ll-CV-6957(JSR),2012WL2045756,at*1(S.D.N.Y.June7,2012)PlaintiffDAMIENCRISP,byhisattorneyDAVID
B.
RANKINofRankin
&
Taylor,PLLC,asandforhiscomplaint,herebystatesandalleges:PRELIMINARYSTATEMENT1.Thisisacivilrightsactionbroughttovindicateplaintiff'srightsundertheFirst,FourthandFourteenthAmendmentsoftheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates,throughtheCivilRightsActof1871,asamended,codifiedas42U.S.C.
§
1983,withpendantclaimsundertheConstitutionandlawsoftheStateofNewYork.
 
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2.PlaintiffDAMIENCRISP'srightswereviolatedonSeptember24,2011,whenofficersoftheNEWYORKCITYPOLICEDEPARTMENT("NYPD")unconstitutionallyandwithoutanylegalbasisusedgratuitous,unlawfulforceagainsthim.Byreasonofdefendants'actions,includingtheirunreasonableuseofforce,Mr.CRISPwasdeprivedofhisconstitutionalandcommonlawrights.3.Mr.CRISPalsoseeksanawardofcompensatoryandpunitivedamagesandattorneys'fees.4.Mr.CRISPalsoseeksinjunctivereliefintheformofapermanentinjunctionrequiringtheCITYOFNEWYORKtocreateandimplementapolicyregardingtheuseofforceuponpersonsinvolvedinpublicdemonstrationsthatconformswithfederalconstitutionalstandardsandtocreateandimplementreportingsystemstorecordallusesofforcebyNYPDofficersduringpublicdemonstrations,withtheCourttoretainjurisdictionofthismattertoensurecompliancebythedefendants.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
5.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverfederalclaimspursuantto28U.S.C.
§§
1331,1343(3-4).Thisactionisbroughtpursuantto42U.S.C.
§§
1983,1988forviolationsofMr.CRISP'srightsundertheFirst,FourthandFourteenthAmendmentstotheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates.6.ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverMr.CRISP'sclaimsagainstdefendantsundertheConstitutionandlawsoftheStateofNewYorkbecausetheyaresorelatedtothefederalclaimsthattheyformpartofthesamecaseorcontroversypursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1367(a).7.PursuanttoNewYorkStateGeneralObligationsLaw
§
50-G,onoraboutOctober11,2011,Mr.CRISPfiledatimelyNoticeofClaimwiththeNewYorkCityComptrollerwithinninety(90)daysoftheeventshereincomplainedof.
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,
8.NoneofMr.CRISP'sclaimshavebeenadjustedbytheNewYorkCityComptroller'sOffice.9.Venueisproperpursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1391inthatMr.CRISP'sclaimsaroseintheSouthernDistrictofNewYork.10.
An
awardofcostsandattorneys'feesisauthorizedpursuantto42U.S.C.
§
1988.
PARTIES
11.PlaintiffDAMlENCRISPis,andwasatalltimesrelevanttothisaction,aresidentoftheStateandCountyofNewYork.12.DefendantTHECITYOFNEWYORK("CITY")isamunicipalentitycreatedandauthorizedunderthelawsoftheStateofNewYork.
It
isauthorizedbylawtomaintainapolicedepartmentwhichactsasitsagentintheareaoflawenforcementandforwhichitisultimatelyresponsible.DefendantCITYassumestherisksincidentaltothemaintenanceofapoliceforceandtheemploymentofpoliceofficersassaidrisksattachtothepublicconsumersoftheservicesprovidedbyNYPD.13.DefendantJOSEPHESPOSITOisandwasatalltimestheChiefoftheNYPDDepartmentandisresponsible,inwholeand/orinpart,forthecreation,implementation,promulgationandenforcementofthepolicies,practicesand/orcustomscomplainedofherein.Heissuedinhisindividualandofficialcapacities.14.DefendantsNewYorkCityPoliceDepartmentINSPECTORANTHONYBOLOGNA,andOFFICERJOHNDOE1throughOFFICERJOHNDOE42areandwereatalltimesrelevantherein,officers,employeesandagentsoftheNYPD.Theindividualdefendantsarebeingsuedhereinintheirindividualandofficialcapacities.15.Atalltimesrelevantherein,theindividualdefendantswereactingundercolorofstatelawinthecourseandscopeoftheirdutiesandfunctionsasagents,servants,employeesandofficers
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