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Julie Lawler v. City of New York Complaint

Julie Lawler v. City of New York Complaint

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THECITYOFNEWYORK.,NewYorkCityPoliceDepartmentCHIEFJOSEPHESPOSITO,NewYorkCityPoliceDepartmentINSPECTORANTHONYBOLOGNA,andOFFICERJOHNDOE1throughOFFICERJOHNDOE43(thenamesJohnDoebeingfictitious,asthetruenamesandshieldnumbersarepresentlyunknown),intheirindividualandofficialcapacities,
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11-CV-6957(JSR),2012WL2045756,at*1(S.D.N.Y.June7,2012)PlaintiffJULIELAWLER,byherattorneyDAVIDB.RANKINofRankin&Taylor,PLLC,asandforhercomplaint,herebystatesandalleges:PRELIMINARYSTATEMENT1.Thisisacivilrightsaction.broughttovindicateplaintiff'srightsundertheFirst,FourthandFourteenthAmendmentsoftheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates,throughtheCivilRightsActof1871,asamended,codifiedas42U.S.C.
§
1983,withpendantclaimsundertheConstitutionandlawsoftheStateofNewYork.
 
2.PlaintiffJULIELAWLER'srightswereviolatedonSeptember24,2011,whenofficersoftheNEWYORKCITYPOLICEDEPARTMENT("NYPD")unconstitutionallyandwithoutanylegalbasisusedgratuitous,unlawfulforceagainsther.Byreasonofdefendants'actions,includingtheirunreasonableuseofforce,Ms.LAWLERwasdeprivedofherconstitutionalandcommonlawrights.3.Ms.LAWLERalsoseeksanawardofcompensatoryandpunitivedamagesandattorneys'fees.4.Ms.LAWLERalsoseeksinjunctivereliefintheformofapermanentinjunctionrequiringtheCITYOFNEWYORKtocreateandimplementapolicyregardingtheuseofforceuponpersonsinvolvedinpublicdemonstrationsthatconformswithfederalconstitutionalstandardsandtocreateandimplementreportingsystemstorecordallusesofforcebyNYPDofficersduringpublicdemonstrations,withtheCourttoretainjurisdictionofthismattertoensurecompliancebythedefendants.JURISDICTIONANDVENUE5.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionoverfederalclaimspursuantto28U.S.C.
§§
1331,1343(3-4).Thisactionisbroughtpursuantto42U.S.C.§§1983,1988forviolationsofMs.LAWLER'srightsundertheFirst,FourthandFourteenthAmendmentstotheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates.6.ThisCourthassupplementaljurisdictionoverMs.LAWLER'sclaimsagainstdefendantsundertheConstitutionandlawsoftheStateofNewYorkbecausetheyaresorelatedtothefederalclaimsthattheyformpartofthesamecaseorcontroversypursuantto28U.S.C.
§
1367(a).
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7.PursuanttoNewYorkStateGeneralObligationsLaw§50-G,onoraboutOctober11,2011,Ms.LAWLERfiledatimelyNoticeofClaimwiththeNewYorkCityComptrollerwithinninety(90)daysoftheeventshereincomplainedof.8.NoneofMs.LAWLER'sclaimshavebeenadjustedbytheNewYorkCityComptroller'sOffice.9.Venueisproperpursuantto28U.S.C.§1391inthatMs.LAWLER'sclaimsaroseintheSouthernDistrictofNewYork.10.
An
awardofcostsandattorneys'feesisauthorizedpursuantto42U.S.C.§1988.
PARTIES
11.PlaintiffJULIELAWLERwasatalltimesrelevanttothisaction,aresidentoftheStateofNewYorkandNewYorkCounty.AtpresentsheisaresidentoftheStateofTennesseeandHamiltonCounty.12.DefendantTHECITYOFNEWYORK("CITY")isamunicipalentitycreatedandauthorizedunderthelawsoftheStateofNewYork.
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isauthorizedbylawtomaintainapolicedepartmentwhichactsasitsagentintheareaoflawenforcementandforwhichitisultimatelyresponsible.DefendantCITYassumestherisksincidentaltothemaintenanceofapoliceforceandtheemploymentofpoliceofficersassaidrisksattachtothepublicconsumersoftheservicesprovidedbyNYPD.13.DefendantJOSEPHESPOSITOisandwasatalltimestheChiefoftheNVPDDepartmentandisresponsible,
in
wholeand/orinpart,forthecreation,implementation,promulgationandenforcementofthepolicies,practicesand/orcustomscomplainedofherein.Heissuedinhisindividualandofficialcapacities.
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