from the Prospect Heights Patch:
Najja Plowden, a 35-year-old army veteran, soccer coach and therapist for special-ed kids who lives in Crown Heights, is suing the city for what he calls a night of “humiliation” at the hands of a 77th Precinct NYPD Officer — an ordeal he claims amounted to “false arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.”
In the suit, filed last Friday, Plowden claims he was “peacefully” walking his dog through Brower Park just after midnight on Aug. 17 when two NYPD officers pulled up in their patrol car.
Loweth, one of the officers, allegedly told Plowden it was illegal for him to be in Brower Park after dark — which is true, but which the lawsuit claims is not made clear in park signage — and demanded to see his ID.
“There was a Caucasian individual nearby in the park, playing fetch with a dog, but [Officer] Loweth ignored that individual,” the suit says.