Bed-Stuy’s 81st Precinct, found to be using arrest quotas and manipulating crime statistics in an investigation by the Voice‘s Graham Rayman, is in the spotlight again for misconduct. This time, 26-year-old Jonathan Zimmerman is suing the city and two cops who he says used a Taser on him for double parking outside of a friend’s Brooklyn home. Zimmerman was issued a summons and told to move his car, but when he began to argue, while still in his seat belt, the cops pulled the keys from the ignition and Maced him. Zimmerman was Tasered while inside the car, pulled out and Tasered twice more.
“I was hurt because I don’t think I should have gone through what I went through that night,” Zimmerman told the Daily News of the April 2010 arrest. Charges for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct were dropped, but Zimmerman says his case is extreme, even though he’s used to black men being stopped by police for no reason.
“I see stuff like this a lot,” he said, “and I’ve never seen anybody go through this for a parking ticket.”
For more on the conduct of the 81st precinct, read the Voice‘s “The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy’s 81st Precinct.”