FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, December 10, 2014 – New York Civil Rights Attorney Eric Sanders, Esq., of The Sanders Firm, P.C., representing Retired NYPD Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues announces the filing of Notices to Sue the City of New York and County of Nassau along with the New York Post for violating his First Amendment Rights to Freedom of Speech and associated legal claims.
Date: December 10, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Place: In front of NYPD Headquarters
One Police Plaza New York, NY 10038
Prior to retirement, Pegues began creating his memoir for publication believing his life experiences might have a positive impact upon others.
On August 13, 2014, consistent with his other public lobbying efforts, he appeared on The Combat Jack Show. The show titled The Corey ‘Life’ Pegues – “From the Streets to the Beat.”
On the show, Pegues discussed his childhood along with the “political” controversies involving Abner Louima, Sean Bell, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant. He publicly called Eric Garner’s death, a murder.
On September 8, 2014, the New York Post featured Pegues on its front page as a “Thug Cop.” Pegues accuses The New York Post of “intentionally” misleading readers into believing he committed criminal acts as a police officer, misrepresenting his interview on The Combat Jack Show as well as the basis for the receipt of his Line of Duty Accidental Disability Retirement Pension to generate newspaper and advertising revenue at the expense of his reputation in the community.
Later that evening, Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter as a “political favor” to NYPD Police Commissioner William J. Bratton sent officers to Pegues’s home and seized his firearms although he violated no conditions of the “FULL UNRESTRICTED” Concealed Carry Law Enforcement Pistol License issued to him.
On December 6, 2014, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Deputy Commissioner, Internal Affairs Joseph J. Reznick sent Pegues an undated letter in essence “revoking” his “Good-Guy” Status demanding the return of his police department identification card referencing the September 8, 2014, New York Post article.
In short, Pegues alleges Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, Deputy Commissioner, Internal Affairs Joseph J. Reznick, Nassau County Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter and the New York Post violated his First Amendment Right to Freedom of Speech discussing police reforms, in particular, calling Eric Garner’s death a murder. In retaliation, they collectively violated his civil rights by “intentionally” suspending his pistol license, “revoking” his police identification and damaging his reputation in the community.
“In their political haste, they apparently forgot Mr. Pegues have legal rights. The facts, unfortunately for them, Mr. Pegues served honorably with the United States Army and the NYPD for more than 20 years. People of color and other disenfranchised citizens all over the nation are under siege from over-militarized aggressive police forces resulting in serious violations of their civil rights. Despite these Ad Hominem attacks, Mr. Pegues will continue sharing his personal journey and publicly lobbying for police reform.” Eric Sanders says.
Retired Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues filed his Notice of Claim with the City of New York Office of the Comptroller, Claim No.: 201400014797 filed on December 8, 2014 and the County of Nassau’s Attorney Office on December 9, 2014.
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