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Man claims cops shackled him to hospital bed in wrongful arrest, lawsuit says

November 4, 2019 Noah Goldberg
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A man is suing Brooklyn cops over a hospital arrest that left him allegedly shackled to a hospital bed in Brooklyn for four days as he was treated for a punctured lung, according to a lawsuit filed against the city in Brooklyn Supreme Court Monday.

Jack Beaujour hopped in a Brooklyn-bound cab in the Bronx around 2 p.m. on April 5, 2018, according to the suit. The driver of the cab allegedly lost control of the vehicle on the Belt Parkway in southern Brooklyn, flipping the vehicle, and smashing into a tree. Beaujour lost consciousness, cut his ear and suffered a punctured lung, according to the lawsuit.

While Beaujour was in the hospital, officers arrested him for criminal possession of a firearm. Beaujour’s lawyer, Stuart Jacobs, claimed any contraband found in the taxi did not belong to his client.

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All of the charges against Beaujour were dropped in August 2018, according to the lawsuit.

The restraints caused Beaujour additional suffering during his treatment at Brookdale Hospital, according to the lawsuit.

The handcuffs and shackles that were placed on plaintiff by the defendant police officers while he was in his hospital bed exacerbated plaintiff’s pain and suffering from the injuries that he had sustained in the car accident,” the lawsuit says. 

The suit was filed against several NYPD officers, named and unnamed.

One of the officers named in the suit, Timothy Moore, was previously found guilty by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau of making “untrue or misleading statements to a supervisor.” He lost 30 vacation days in that case.

Beaujour was eventually arraigned and a Brooklyn judge set $7,500 bail, according to the lawsuit. Beaujour, who could not pay, was taken to the Brooklyn Detention Complex, where he was held for nearly a week.

The city’s Law Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.


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