Members of the NYPD are going to have a pretty damn hard job hiding behind “the thin blue line” this time after a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit claiming officers destroyed their hours old marriage over a simple traffic stop.
NYPD officers went all “Inspector Gadget” and arrested Sacoya Tolbert, 27, and Krista McCrea, 35, in 2011 after the driver of the car they were travelling in couldn’t produce the proper documentation requested at a traffic stop. This of course led to the completely logical conclusion of everyone being hauled out of the car and dragged “downtown” on suspicion of larceny. Seems legit, right?
Although the two women had just joined their hands in marriage over in Connecticut and were on the road back home to Brooklyn, they were split apart from each other by NYPD cops and taken into separate rooms for interrogation. What New York Daily News reports happened next may as well have been an episode of “All My Children” or “General Hospital.”
[box type=”shadow”]The driver, a friend of the couple who is not involved in the suit, didn’t have documents for the car, prompting the cops to arrest Tolbert, McCrea and the driver on larceny charges, lawyer Ugochukwu Uzoh said.
At the stationhouse, the women were placed in separate rooms where the questioning sounded more like a soap opera than police interrogation, according to the suit.
Cops told McCrea to dump Tolbert and find a “good-looking man” to wed, the suit said.
They even dished that Tolbert had told them McCrea only cared about “cash, clothes and hoes,” according to the suit.
“Because of the actions of the defendants, (McCrea and Tolbert) separated from one another and their strong relationship fell apart,” the Brooklyn Federal Court suit states.
Uzo said McCrea believed what the cops told her and could no longer trust Tolbert.
“That was the cause of their breakup,” he said.[/box]
This should be a reminder to the LGBT community to be careful about what they ask for, because as they push for the basic rights of gay couples to be treated like every other American, they got a taste of what it’s like to be treated as equally as every other New Yorker by a police force who seem to be dunking their donuts in extra strength douche sauce.
Whether it’s unconstitutional “stop and frisk” detainments of mostly
blacks and latinos suspicious looking people, or teenagers being held in prison for over three years without being a convicted of a crime, something is terribly wrong with the NYPD and it’s starting to smell like … well … let’s not throw around insults shall we.
That’ll do NYPD. That’ll do.
h/t: Opposing Views