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Purple Heart Veteran sues NYPD for wrongful arrest and violation of 2nd Amendment rights

June 25, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A Purple Heart Army veteran and Medal of Valor recipient is suing the NYC Police Department for discrimination in what he says is a wrongful arrest and imprisonment for a gun he legally owns and uses for work, the Daily News reports. Raffique Khan, 40, who is Black, who retired from the U.S. Army as a Purple Heart veteran and recipient of the Bronze Medal of Valor, is employed as an armed federal environment protection specialist assigned to Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. He and his attorney, Cory Morris, filed a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court-Eastern District/NY and State Supreme Court in Brooklyn alleging discrimination, wrongful arrest and a denial of his Second Amendment right to carry a firearm. The incident happened last November in Brooklyn’s East New York section involving Police Officer Matthew Bensen, whose criminal complaint claimed that Khan was authorized to carry the weapon only while at work. The NYPD’s database revealed that Khan is licensed to carry a firearm.

Morris told the Daily News that his client’s arrest is a classic case of police pulling over a Black man for no reason and presuming illegal possession as a rule. Even after Khan showed the officer his licenses and military ID, Officer Bensen questioned how he obtained them.

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