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Bronx Man Sued City For Boston Road Police Stop Now SDNY Judge Failla Floats $50000 Settlement

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 5–  Hafeez Shaheed was driving on Boston Road in The Bronx on December 12, 2015 when he was pulled over by police.

He was ordered out of his car, was tightly handcuffed and taken into detention in the 47th Police Precinct. He was denied medical treatment. The criminal court summons filed against him was dismissed and sealed on February 10, 2016. 

  In 2017, Hafeez Saheed sued the City of New York and the police officers.

On May 5, 2020, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla in a public telephone conference which Inner City Press covered as it does others asked Hafeez Shaheed if he would be willing to settle for less than $100,000.

  Yes, he said.

 Judge Failla asked, Less than $50,000?

   Hafeez Saheed said No. 

   Melissa Wachs of the NYC Law Department, representing the City and Officers Kevin Kenny, Ou Wu and William Nakelski, said she did not have authority to go above or to $50,000.

  And so a tentative jury trial date of December 7, 2020 was set. Judge Failla genially said she has already had to postpone a June jury trial, so even December is not entirely sure.

  Hafeez Saheed indicated he would like to amend his complaint, that "NYLAG" told him he could ask the Judge later do to it. That is not so clear, after his complaint survived summary judgment. 

  But Judge Failla has given him time to write to her, into the public docket, why he wants to amend and what NYLAG told him. Inner City Press will continue to cover this case and others like it. This case is Saheed v. City of New York, et al., 17-cv-1813 (Failla). 


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