Remember the elderly man who we recently reported was severely beaten by New York City police officers after illegally crossing the street?
As we reported, Kang Chun Wong, 84, is the father of a New York City lawyer. Now, the Wong family is suing the NYPD, and New York City For $5,000,000.
Wong says he was beaten literally unconscious, before being roused, cuffed and carted off bloody and bruised this January 19th.
Kang Chun Wong, 84, and his lawyers announced the lawsuit at a press conference this week. Wong described the police brutality through a translator, explaining that he did not understand any orders from the officers to stop. They responded by severely beating the elderly man, causing injuries to his back, elbow, ribs, face and head. He further suffered a gash that required staples to be closed.
Wong was ticketed for jaywalking and after being beaten in front of horrified on-lookers, he was charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, due to not understanding English well.
While Wong’s son is an attorney, the family contracted the services of Stanford Rubenstein who has filed a $5 million lawsuit on Wong’s behalf. Reubenstein explains that the violent encounter left the elderly man hurt, humiliated and terrified to go around police.
“How could this happen in this city today?” Rubenstein asked. “We have a mayor who is a proud progressive. We have a police commissioner who has committed to improved community relations.”
The NYPD insultingly tried to justify the brutalization by saying that the elderly man “slipped and fell,” but police officials have added that Internal Affairs is looking into the incident further.
SPREAD THE WORD! This time the NYPD messed with the wrong guy. It’s time for sweeping police reforms and oversight. Lawsuits like this can help make that a reality.
(Article by M.B. David; image from the press conference, via local CBS)