“One of the officers punching the plaintiff remarked ‘f***ing n****r, what are you going to do now,’” the lawsuit alleged.
A New Jersey man is suing the city and several police officers, saying he was beaten and taunted with a racial slur in a Crown Heights precinct — moments after his young daughter left his side for an arranged visit with her mother at the 71st precinct. Lansford Watson’s civil rights suit, filed Tuesday, asserted one officer called him a racial slur for African Americans while another pointed a gun at him during a “brutal and unwarranted assault.”
The incident took place on Jan. 22, following immediately after Watson dropped off his 7-year-old for an arranged visit with her mother at the 71st precinct in Crown Heights. According to the lawsuit, an officer approached the girl and stretched out his hand. Watson said he refused the officer so he could spend a few more moments with his daughter. When the child was led off, Watson said multiple officers surrounded him, ordered him to leave and pushed him through double doors into a wall. Watson claimed he was punched in the body and head by at least two officers.
The lawsuit also claims he was falsely arrested for assault, obstruction, disorderly conduct, harassment and child endangerment. The charges he faced were dropped July 28. A Law Department spokesman said city lawyers would “review the claims and respond accordingly.” Watson and his lawyer could not be reached for comment Tuesday.