FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., announces Nia Jasmine Reynolds has filed a second amended federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York and drunk driving NYPD Police Officer Rohan L. Shaw citing new evidence proving several on-duty NYPD police officers covered up Shaw’s drunk driving crimes
NEW YORK, June 8, 2023 – Today, Ms. Reynolds filed a second amended federal civil rights lawsuit outlining several institutional failures within the City of New York, alleging that although it received repeated reports of motor vehicle accidents and complaints of ongoing speeding along Foster Avenue, an area comprised of ninety-five (95) percent Black residents that it could have implemented roadway design changes in the form of traffic calming measures to deter speeding and serious accidents. According to the complaint, despite community concerns supported with a comprehensive 2014 study, the City of New York failed to implement safety diet treatments rendering the corridor unsafe for pedestrian, vehicular and other traffic.
Ms. Reynolds alleges that the City of New York’s failure to implement safety diet treatments along Foster Avenue enabled off-duty NYPD Police Officer Rohan L. Shaw to operate his 2019 Nissan Sedan in an intoxicated condition after leaving the Brooklyn Prime Inc. dba Brooklyn Prime Bar and Restaurant located at 4315 Farragut Road Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203, traveling in excess of seventy (70) miles per hour on a public street, then colliding with a 2016 Mazda Sedan operated by Mr. Kwesi Vidale at the corner of East 55th Street killing decedent Ms. Joanna Dixon and seriously injuring her. The motor vehicle accident was initially handled by NYPD personnel assigned to the 63rd Precinct, then handed off to the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad.
According to the complaint, Ms. Reynolds alleges that NYPD personnel assigned to the 63rd Precinct and the Brooklyn South Command, Defendants’ ROBERT J. DANTONE; TERRENCE E. CREIGHTON; MICHAEL H. SOLOWITZ; CHRISTOPHER J. MULLER; ROBERT GRELLA; MAYER SCHWARTZ; PETER D. WOODBURN and SEAN F. KELLEHER each violated section § 195.00 (2), of the New York Penal Law, Official Misconduct, in that they intentionally failed to activate their body worn camera while responding to a crime in progress with a fatality, failing to conduct a proper investigation including monitoring Shaw while the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad performs its investigation to assist him with trying to avoid criminal and civil responsibility.
Ultimately, Ms. Reynolds alleges that these officers succeeded, as Shaw was never prosecuted for violating several sections of the New York State Penal, Vehicle and Traffic Law for the protection of public safety, including but not limited to Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Penal Law § 120.04(a), Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, Penal Law § 120.25, Driving While Intoxicated, Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1192.3, Speeding in Excess of fifty-five (55) miles per hour, Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1180(b) and Reckless Driving, Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1212, according to the complaint.
“Now that we know the dirty little secret of the responding police officers intentionally tampering with evidence to protect retired Police Officer Shaw from criminal prosecution, what is the mayor and police commissioner going to do about holding these officers’ accountable?” Eric Sanders asked.
“The officers should have been criminally prosecuted and terminated. It’s disgraceful.”
The second amended federal civil rights lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York: Nia Jasmine Reynolds v. City of New York, et al. Docket No.: 21 cv 6111.
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