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Bronx Man Sued City For Boston Road Police Stop in 2015 Now SDNY Trial Moves Into 2021

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 17–  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.

  Now in November 2020, another conference was held in the case, and Inner City Press again covered it. Since May another conference was adjourned; the plaintiff's motion to file an amended complaint was denied. In August the trial was adjourned sine die. Now the talk is of May, June or July 2021. On November 17 it was said, see you in January.

 This case is Saheed v. City of New York, et al., 17-cv-1813 (Failla). 


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