Charges dropped against alleged police brutality victim

Criminal charges against a Yonkers woman who filed a police brutality lawsuit against local authorities have been dropped. The incident that sparked the lawsuit happened three years ago, when Dara Massey

News 12 Staff

Nov 15, 2008, 1:21 AM

Updated 5,674 days ago

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Charges dropped against alleged police brutality victim
Criminal charges against a Yonkers woman who filed a police brutality lawsuit against local authorities have been dropped.
The incident that sparked the lawsuit happened three years ago, when Dara Massey and her son were dumping old furniture on the corner of Elliott Avenue and Morris Street because they thought that is where the garbage trucks picked it up.
Yonkers police officers arrived at the scene to arrest Massey?s son, and that is when the woman claims the officers beat her up.
Massey was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction of justice. Although the charges have now been dropped against her, the woman is still upset over the physical abuse she supposedly endured at the hands of Yonkers police during the arrest.
?Those officers need to be brought up on criminal charges just like I was,? she says.
The incident was captured on a surveillance video, which shows Massey?s son leaving furniture on the corner and the arrival of police officers. Then, however, the recording skips ahead to show one patrol car taking off, leading Massey to believe that the part where police abused her was edited out.
?It didn't show police interaction with me, yet I was still charged with a crime,? she says.
In an interview last year, a Yonkers police spokesperson said Massey refused to comply, and officers used minimal force to place her in handcuffs.


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