NYPD Watchdog Group Prosecutes Officer In First Stop-and-Frisk Case

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  • The NYPD’s Civilian Complaint Review Board is prosecuting an officer for a wrongful stop and frisk, the first time it has ever done so, according to the New York Daily News.


    Brooklyn resident Yahnick Martin claims he was waiting for his wife outside a Bedford-Stuyvesant building while she was delivering Christmas presents on Dec. 23, 2011. Suddenly, three officers approached Martin, alleging they smelled marijuana on him (Martin was smoking a cigar at the time).

    After searching his pockets, Martin began complaining about the stop.

    “OK. I’ll put my hands up but this is really bulls–t,” he says he told them. One officer, Roman Goris, removed a lighter and wallet from Martin’s pockets before handing them back. Martin said he then noticed some money in his wallet was missing.

    “Where’s the $100 that was in my pocket?” he asked, as Goris and his colleagues were walking away. This apparently irked Goris, who returned his attention to the married father and began arguing with him.

    Martin asked Goris for his badge number and name. “You want to be a smartass and make accusations, you’re going to jail,” he says one of the officers told him.

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