BROOKLYN (CN) – New York City police falsely arrested a man and neutered his dog, the man claims in a $2 million federal lawsuit.
Gregory Drummond claims he was minding his own business last September when police rolled up to his apartment building in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, after a domestic dispute between his downstairs neighbors.
He says police grabbed one of the tenants on the second floor through the gate, “put their hands in his pocket, retrieved keys for the gate and the property, and entered the apartment.”
They then arrested Drummond – who lives on the third floor and is the boyfriend of the building’s owner – after wrongly accusing him of squatting.
As he was being arrested, Drummond asked officers to call his girlfriend so she could get his dog. Instead, police took the dog to the pound, and told workers there that it was a stray. That prompted them to neuter the pooch.
“The plaintiff did not wish to neuter his dog,” the lawsuit states. “As a result of the forgoing, plaintiff’s dog (personal property) was injured and damaged when his dog was neutered without the plaintiff’s consent.”
Drummond claims police also confiscated his TVs, video game consoles, cell phones and money, and never documented the seizure to ensure he could get them back.
He says he was prosecuted on bogus weapons and drug possession charges, and was cleared.
He wants $2 million for civil rights violations.
He is represented by Bryan Konoski with Treyvus & Konoski.
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