Federal Civil Rights Law Suit Filed Today Arising Out Of A Videotaped Attack
By Police On A 17 Year Old Boy
Manhattan, N.Y. – Tyre Davis filed suit in federal court today, charging
the NYPD and the City of New York with violating his civil rights. The
incident took place on February 17, 2011, after Mr. Davis was arrested
and taken to the 46 Precinct in the Bronx. According to Mr. Davis, he
was waiting in the Precinct for a Desk Appearance Ticket to be issued
to him when he was confronted by Officer Joseph Murphy, who had an encounter
with Mr. Davis two weeks earlier. "I remember you, you're the
kid I smacked," Officer Murphy said of the earlier encounter. Mr.
Davis acknowledged that he was the same person and then asked for Officer
Murphy's badge number. By way of response, Officer Murphy placed his
badge in his hand and again smacked Mr. Davis in the face. Mr. Davis was
then tossed out of the Precinct.
Mr. Davis picked himself up, brushed himself off, and started to walk away.
As he did so, he noticed Officer Murphy and a second officer, Jose Ocasio,
leave the Precinct and walk in his direction. Mr. Davis continued to walk
until he heard one of the officers call out, "Yo." When he turned
around, Officer Murphy stepped forward and punched Mr. Davis in the head,
immediately followed by Officer Ocasio who did the same. The two officers
then took turns kicking Mr. Davis in the face, head, and upper body while
he did his best to shield his face and head from the blows. When they
finished attacking him, both officers turned around and walked back in
the direction of the 46 Precinct. Mr. Davis remained sitting on the ground,
dazed and bleeding. Unknown to the officers, the incident was captured
on videotape. The two officers were subsequently charged with assaulting
Mr. Davis and the criminal cases against them are pending in the Bronx.
"Tyre Davis was brutally beaten by two on-duty NYPD officers,"
Steven Goldman, Mr. Davis' lawyer, said. "They attacked him mere
steps from the Precinct where they worked. They beat a skinny, 17 year
old boy, simply because he tried to stand up for his rights and ask an
officer for his badge number. If this incident had not been captured on
videotape, the officers would almost certainly have gotten away with their
attack. Tyre Davis may not have been able to stop the police from beating
him, but he hopes that, by filing this lawsuit, he can make them and their
fellow officers think twice before beating someone else."
For more information, contact:
Steven H. Goldman, Esq.
190 E. 161 Street
Bronx, NY. 10451