Police records show that the NYPD’s “black lives matters” policy led one officer to investigate a murder after the victim’s mother reported him for allegedly driving while black, and the officer’s superiors decided to “suspend” the investigation after the mother reported it to the Internal Affairs Bureau, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman’s family.
The officer who investigated the murder was suspended and his supervisor was fired after the complaint was made to the agency, according the lawsuit.
The New York City Police Department, which has faced widespread criticism for the “black-on-black” incidents and the failure to make any changes to its policies, responded to the lawsuit by claiming that the incident is “the subject of an internal affairs investigation.”
A spokesperson for the NYPD did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The NYPD did issue a statement saying that the officer in question had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation.
In the lawsuit, the mother’s family alleges that in February 2017, the officer “reported a possible assault of a woman who was intoxicated by marijuana in the precinct’s Central Precinct.”
The woman’s mother told the officer that the man had called her son a “f***ing c**t” in front of the precinct and that the woman had asked the officer to stop, but that the cop responded by saying, “I’ll put a c*** on your ass, f***ing whore,” according to the complaint.
When the woman asked why the officer had been driving while “black,” the officer told her that “her skin color had a lot to do with it,” the complaint said.
The woman called 911 and told police that the suspect had pulled out a knife and stabbed her.
According to the report, the woman was rushed to St. Barnabas Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
The officers investigating the murder then found a blood trail that led to the apartment of the suspect.
The lawsuit said the officer who was suspended “failed to act in a timely manner to stop or even notify the suspect that the officers presence would be necessary” to stop him from driving while Black, even after the suspect told the police officer that he was going to kill the officer.
The complaint said the department has not made any progress in improving its policies on handling cases involving police misconduct.