NYPD cops allegedly storm into Brooklyn apartment after mistaking lollipop for drugs

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiNew York Daily News – by Caitlin Nolan

Two NYPD officers allegedly stormed a Brooklyn apartment, knocking the door open and a woman to the ground, after they mistook the lollipop she had in her hand for drugs, according to a complaint filed with the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

In April 2013, the black-clad duo — who later identified themselves as police officers — forced their way into the East New York apartment of Malik Saunders, 38, as his friend Jarnale Henry was leaving to go food shopping, Henry and Saunders testified Monday during a departmental hearing.  

Henry, 38, testified she retreated back into the apartment “Because they were scary-looking.”

She said the men forced their way in, knocking her to the floor. One of them then jumped on top of her and began frisking her, she said. Only later, she said, did they identify themselves as cops.

The cops, Detective Sekou Bourne and Sgt. Afzal Ali, testified that the apartment and Saunders had been under investigation for drug-related activity for at least four months prior to the 2013 incident.

Bourne said he thought the lollipop in Henry’s hand was “a controlled substance” — crack — and said he frisked her because he thought she might have had a weapon.

Both officers testified that they identified themselves as cops prior to entering the apartment and that Henry knew they were cops when she retreated.

Bourne faces unlawful frisk and search charges and both cops face unlawful premise entry charges.



3 thoughts on “NYPD cops allegedly storm into Brooklyn apartment after mistaking lollipop for drugs

  1. Only in America do they put up with such as police. No wonder every body thinks Americans are dumb world wide.

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