An NYPD officer wants $5 million for emotional anguish after two cops pulled over his car and arrested him without cause, according to Manhattan court documents.
The incident occurred in March 2017, while Officer Karim Powell was off-duty and in his own vehicle, says the notice of claim, which is the step before a formal lawsuit.
The two arresting cops claim that Powell had led them on a car chase right before they pulled him over in the Bronx.
One of the officers got out of his patrol car and, “He came up, and he said ‘turn around’ and placed me in cuffs,” Powell told The Post.
“I said, ‘I’m on the job.’ His reply was, ‘What job?’ and I said, ‘Same job as you.’ ”
Powell, 32, said he showed the cop his badge, to no avail.
“I took my ID out, and [the cop] said, ‘I can’t see it.’ I took it out of my wallet and gave it to him,” Powell said. “He took the keys off the roof and said, ‘F–k that s–t.’ He went back to the [patrol car], and he was on the cellphone.
“I was standing there for 10 to 15 minutes before a patrol supervisor arrived,” the Bronx resident said. “The only thing I remember thinking of [the cursing cop] was, ‘That guy’s nasty.’ They placed me in his car. A sergeant told the officer to remove the cuffs.”
Powell’s service weapon and ID were taken, and he was transported to the 47th Precinct, where he called his PBA delegate, who told him the other officers were claiming that Powell had led them on a chase, he said.
“When the delegate came, he asked me, ‘Why were these guys chasing you?’ I said, ‘Chasing me?’ and he said, ‘Yes, they said they were chasing you,’ ” Powell said.
Powell “told the PBA delegate the officers are ‘lying’ and the GPS data from their assigned marked [patrol car] will prove it,” according to the notice of claim.
The document noted that “one of the unnamed officers knew Powell from a prior interaction regarding a parked vehicle.”
Powell was put on modified duty for more than a year after an investigation was conducted, and he was charged with “failure to show ID,” the papers said.
He finally was restored to full duty April 11.
“I’ve been accused of something I haven’t done. It’s really unfair,” said the five-year veteran, who works at the 114th Precinct in Queens. “They were nasty. They didn’t do their job right.”
An NYPD spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.