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Brooklyn man accuses NYPD detectives of threatening false confession out of him

April 27, 2018 By Paul Frangipane Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Emanuel Dash sued four NYPD detectives and the city in Brooklyn’s federal court (shown), accusing the cops of suppressing evidence that could have exonerated him in four armed robberies. Eagle file photo by Rob Abruzzese
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NYPD detectives threatened to shoot a Brooklyn man in custody if he didn’t write a false confession to a string of Bedford-Stuyvesant robberies, the man charged in a lawsuit this week.

Emanuel Dash is suing the city and four detectives after he spent 17 months in jail before a Brooklyn jury found him not guilty of four armed robberies all in April 2015 and all within a block of each other, according to the civil complaint.

Dash’s federal court suit alleges Detective Ronald Montas “falsely and perjuriously testified that the plaintiff had confessed to these robberies,” by threatening to shoot Dash if he didn’t write the [confession] while in police custody.

Dash also accused the detectives of suppressing DNA evidence that showed he was not the masked robber.

None of the victims identified Dash as the perpetrator at his trial. But city lawyers say the suit “has no merit.”

“We are proceeding accordingly,” said a city Law Department spokesman.

The allegedly false confession two years ago — which was not recorded on video or audio — might never have happened if a new state law, announced last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, had been in effect. Starting on April 1, law enforcement officials must video record interrogations with suspects of serious crimes.

Dash’s suit echoes those by convicted criminals who claimed that disgraced Brooklyn Detective Louis Scarcella threatened confessions out of them. About a dozen of his convictions have been overturned as a result.


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