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Man Sues NYPD After Shoplifting Charge While Reading Newspaper in Rite Aid

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 13 – Thomas E. Smith sued NYPD after being accused of shoplifting while reading a newspaper in a Rite Aid.

On June 10, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron. held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  The incident took place inside a Rite Aid pharmacy at 2170 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan. Now Smith wants to know the identity of the security guards - long gone from Rite Aid - and a retired police officer.  

 Judge Aaron ordered the City to file a service address for retired NYPD Sergeant Robert Coppala. Smith's amended complaint is due by August 10 .

The case is Smith v. The City of New York et al., 21-cv-6833 (Koeltl / Aaron) 


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