A man is free after suffering from wrongful arrest in New York after what officials are calling a “clerical error.” The 50-year-old victim was arrested on October 14th for failure to appear in court stemming from an arrest at a protest last month. However, the victim’s court date that he supposedly skipped had not yet come around. Indeed, the victim’s wife attempted to show the arresting officers that the scheduled court date was later this month (October 22nd) not September 22nd. However, the officers proceeded with the arrest and took the man to jail.
The victim’s wife, a local politician, immediately went to social media to shine light on the error that left her husband in handcuffs. The arrest sparked protests itself and eventually, the police department acknowledged that the bench warrants they had for the victim did indeed have the incorrect date on them.
The man was released but the damage had already been done. Despite promises from local officials to investigate how the “clerical error” occurred, this incident highlights just how easily the justice system can be corrupted—either by intentional malice or simple typographical errors.
While this case dealt with a relatively minor offense (peacefully protesting without permission to assemble), how many other cases of false arrest in New York City have involved serious crimes like weapons possession, assault, and even murder? How many people have already been set free after friends, family members, and victim advocates have presented evidence that the justice system had been circumvented in these cases? How many people are still serving sentences for crimes they didn’t commit?
If you or a loved one has been falsely arrested and imprisoned at the hands of the NYPD or the criminal justice system, contact an experienced wrongful arrest attorney in New York City today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel to get the legal help you need at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 without any further delay.