MATTHEWS v. CITY OF NEW YORK, No. 10-CV-4991 (E.D.N.Y. September 5, 2012)
This is a fascinating case that alleges a lot of serious dishonesty on the part of the NYPD. It is worth reading in its entirety. One especially troubling allegation is that police withheld medical tretment for a seriously injured man until one of a group of men who were taking him to the hospital signed a confession to a crime.
From a legal standpoint, one thing I found interesting is that the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine does not apply in civil cases against the police. Even though police did not have probable cause to search a car, they still aren’t liable for arrests made based on a handgun that was found in the car — the illegal search does not taint the subsequent arrests for qi purposes. Still, the police were denied qi with respect to several aspects in this troubling case.