- By Eric Sanders
- In Abuse of State Power, Blog, Civil Rights Law, Civil Service Law, News, NYPD Trial Room, Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, April 7, 2014 – New York Civil Rights Attorney Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., announces after a hard fought legal battle, Sergeant Stukes was found ‘NOT GUILTY’ of serious misconduct.
According to Sergeant Stukes’s federal complaint, on September 3, 2009, he was assigned to the 81st Precinct, falsely arrested, accused of perjury and related offenses during an Internal Affairs Bureau ‘Sting’ of Police Officer Tanesha S. Facey. The ‘Sting’ was deemed a ‘failure.’ Police Officer Facey was not arrested or disciplined. Sergeant Stukes was arrested at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office and charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree, Perjury 2nd Degree, Offering A False Instrument for Filing 2nd Degree, Falsifying Business Records 2nd Degree, Official Misconduct 1st Degree and Perjury 3rd Degree. The criminal charges were ultimately dismissed. Despite the dismissal, the Department charged Sergeant Stukes with serious misconduct violating the ‘Turnover Arrest’ procedure.
During the pendency of the disciplinary charges, Sergeant Stukes filed his federal amended complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The name of the case is RAYMOND STUKES v. THE CITY OF NEW YORK, ET AL., Docket No.: 13 cv 6166 filed on December 5, 2013.
On January 30, 2014, Assistant Trial Commissioner David S. Weisel recommended Sergeant Stukes be found ‘NOT GUILTY.’
On April 7, 2014, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton adopted Assistant Trial Commissioner David S. Weisel’s recommendation.
“Although we are pleased with the decision, we are not pleased Police Officer Tanesha S. Facey and the Internal Affairs investigators are not being held accountable for their actions causing Sergeant Stukes to face legal problems in the first place.” Eric Sanders says.
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