Bronx Woman To Sue City of New York After Being Wrongfully Arrested And Jailed For 3 Days
A simple fender bender on the Queensboro Bridge resulted in 30-year-old Bronx resident, Raven Moses, spending Memorial Day weekend on Rikers Island, the New York Daily News reports.
According to Moses, on May 25th while on her way to work, her vehicle was side swiped by another driver, who fled the scene of the accident. When police were called the scene, she was arrested. It turns out that while officers were taking down information for the accident report, they also ran her name through the criminal database system and came across an active warrant for her arrest in relation to a 2009 fraud charge.
Moses says that despite seeing that she pled guilty to the charges and served one year in prison, the cops arrested her anyway. She spent three days on Rikers Island before being released. Cops reportedly told her that her story couldn’t be verified because the courts were closed due to the holiday.
“A court officer apologized to me, saying, ‘Sorry about your weekend,’” Moses said.
As a result of her wrongful arrest, she’s suing the city for $3 million.
“The facts and circumstances surrounding the old warrant were … ignored by the officers,” said Moses’ attorney, Sanford Rubenstein.
“The city is liable for negligently failing to remove an old arrest warrant from its system,” he continued.
Moses confessed to NYDN that since the traumatic ordeal, she carries a certificate of disposition of the criminal case in her wallet.
“I’m terrified of the police. I’m afraid this is going to happen again. This has been a major setback for me; I was doing the right thing, and I was penalized,” she said.