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June 22, 2007

2007.06.22: Police Abuse: NYPD Beats and Arrests Civil Rights Lawyer

Filed under: Criminal Justice,Police Abuse,Racism,Uncategorized — nyclaw01 @ 11:23 am
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From: Michael Letwin
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2007 10:33 AM
To: Graciela Lopez; 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS; James Bernal
Subject: Police Abuse: NYPD Beats and Arrests Civil Rights Lawyer

Rights lawyer, wife busted

BY OREN YANIV, MICHAEL WHITE and LEO STANDORA DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Posted Friday, June 22nd 2007, 4:00 AM

A well-known civil rights lawyer and his wife were busted in Brooklyn last night for allegedly interfering in an arrest they witnessed, authorities said.

Attorney Michael Warren, who has represented rapper Tupac Shakur and members of the Black Panthers and worked on the Abner Louima trial, said cops punched him and his wife during the incident.

The arrests brought more than 200 angry supporters to the 77th Precinct stationhouse in Crown Heights, where they stood vigil for nearly five hours until Warren and his wife, Evelyn, also a lawyer, were released.

As the crowd chanted “freedom fighter,” Warren, who specializes in police misconduct cases, declared, “We are just an example of what is happening in this city every day.”

“I got hit in the jaw, upside the head and on my lip a few times, and you can can see that my pants are torn, but I’m fine. I’m great,” he said.

After he and his wife left in their SUV, the crowd slowly dispersed.

Police declined to address the allegations of violence at the hands of the arresting officers. Warren was charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

His wife got a ticket for disorderly conduct, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said.

Cops were collaring a man wanted on drug possession and auto theft charges about 6p.m. when the lawyers stopped their car at Atlantic and Vanderbilt Aves. in Prospect Heights and began criticizing the officers, a police source said.

Evelyn Warren scratched a female cop’s face as she and her husband later were being taken into custody, the source said.

lstandora@nydailynews.com

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