Brooklyn jury awards $250K in illegal stop-and-frisk case
A Brooklyn jury awarded a teenager $250,000 for damages incurred during an illegal stop and subsequent incarceration by the New York Police Department.
On the morning of Feb. 27, 2011, Ryan Ali, an African-American teenager, was walking home from the laundromat on Clarkson Street between 95th and 96th streets when a marked police car pulled alongside him, calling out an unknown name.
“The police approached my client calling out the name Jamal,” Alex Diaz told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Not recognizing the name, Ali continued walking. The officers then stopped Ali, searched him and asked him for identification. Ali obliged, being told that he fit the description of an individual, Jamal, the police had been looking for.
Once the police officers ran Ali’s name through their database, it was discovered that Ali had an outstanding warrant for a 2009 Parks Department violation. New York law requires the immediate arrest of an individual with an open warrant; Ali was promptly arrested and taken to a holding cell. Ali, a junior in high school at the time, was held behind bars for approximately 36 hours before his release.