A Black NYPD cop is pulled over by two officers without cause and plans to sue for $5 million in emotional anguish.
Karim Powell was driving around off-duty when he was stopped by a patrol car on March 27 according to Manhattan court papers.
The officer was accused of leading the two cops on a car chase to the Bronx, but Powell said that’s not quite what happened.
“[One of the officers] He came up, and he said ‘turn around’ and placed me in cuffs,” Powell told The Post. “I said, ‘I’m on the job.’ His reply was, ‘What job?’ and I said, ‘Same job as you.'”
The Black NYPD cop said he showed the two officers his badge, but it didn’t seem to matter to them.
“I took my ID out, and [the cop] said, ‘I can’t see it.’ I took it out of my wallet and gave it to him… He took the keys off the roof and said, ‘F–k that s–t.’ He went back to the [patrol car], and he was on the cellphone,” Powell told the news source.
“I was standing there for 10 to 15 minutes before a patrol supervisor arrived… The only thing I remember thinking of [the cursing cop] was, ‘That guy’s nasty’. They placed me in his car. A sergeant told the officer to remove the cuffs,” said the Bronx resident.
Powell was taken down to the 47th Precinct and his weapon along with his ID were confiscated. He told his PBA delegate that “the officers are ‘lying’ about leading them on a chase and “the GPS data from their assigned marked [patrol car] will prove it” according to the claim documents.
The notice of claim also stated that “one of the unnamed officers knew Powell from a prior interaction regarding a parked vehicle.”
Powell, who’s worked at the 114th Queens Precinct assured, “I’ve been accused of something I haven’t done. It’s really unfair… They were nasty. They didn’t do their job right.”
The five-year veteran was charged with “failure to show ID” and placed on modified duty for an entire year, but reinstated back to active duty on April 11.
NYPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie, stated to the Post in an email, “There is no arrest on file for NYPD Police Officer Karim Powell.”