NYC Men Accused Of Provoking Cop-Brutality Cases


Has Cedric Matthews built a cottage industry suing the New York Police Department? The city has paid out $206,500 since 1996 to settle three lawsuits in which the unemployed handyman complained of police brutality, says the New York Daily News. A fourth case is nearing trial in Brooklyn federal court. Matthews, 31, defends his claims, saying they are just the tip of the iceberg of abuse he has suffered at the hands of police officers over the years. “There would be 400 lawsuits if I pursued every situation and I don’t do that,” he said. “I believe I know my rights and I’m just looking to be treated fairly.”

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents rank-and-file cops, branded the Matthews and his brother “professional plaintiffs.” PBA lawyer Gregory Longworth called them “agitators who stage these events and escalate the encounter to where the police have to make an arrest.” Steven Hoffner, an attorney for Cedric Matthews, says, “It’s our argument that there’s a lot of racial profiling and harassment going on.”


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