David Perecman Calls For More NYPD Accountability After Report of Black Teens Being Told To Leave Park Slope

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New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman of The Perecman Firm calls for greater NYPD accountability after report of black teenagers being told to ‘get out of the neighborhood’ in Park Slope

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It is somewhat hard to believe that the police officers would have treated white or Asian kids the same way.

Attorney at Law David Perecman believes police departments need to hold officers more accountable for treating racial groups equally. Apparently, the New York Police Department needs to continue making changes to ensure blacks have equal rights with whites.

According to New York magazine (10.1.14), a police cruiser tried to get a group of black teenagers to leave Park Slope, Brooklyn on a Saturday afternoon. Allegedly the officers attempted to do this by shouting "get out of the neighborhood" at them over the car's loudspeaker.

Sara Bennett, a Brooklyn resident claimed she witnessed the police follow a group of “five or six kids who appeared to be around 16 years old and were simply walking through the neighborhood” during the afternoon. The police then turned on the squad car lights and told the teens to leave the area, reported New York magazine. No crimes were being committed at the time of the incident.

Commanding Officer Captain Frank DiGiacomo said he hadn't heard of this event, reported New York magazine. However, as a potential explanation, he cited the growing crime around the Atlantic Terminal area, an area about a mile and a half away from where the incident happened.

"Most of the crimes that happen in our command are from outside people committing the crimes,” DiGiacomo said, according to New York magazine.

Apparently, without speaking to them the police had determined that the youths were from outside the area. The demographics website City-Data.com showed that Park Slope is only about 10 percent African American.

“It is somewhat hard to believe that the police officers would have treated white or Asian kids the same way,” said Perecman, founder of [The Perecman Firm. “All New Yorkers and visitors should be able to believe that the police will treat them fairly and with respect, regardless of their color or ethnicity,” he added. “Racial profiling and discrimination based on race is wrong and a violation of the principle of equality.”

The New York magazine article cited is “NYPD Reportedly Told Black Teens in Park Slope to ‘Get Out of the Neighborhood’.”

For more than 30 years, the civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped victims of racial profiling and discrimination. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases, including racial profiling and discrimination. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2014. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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