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Law student suit says NYC cops handcuffed him when he questioned them during a lunch break

Posted Mar 31, 2014 6:35 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A law student got some life lessons from two New York City police officers when he questioned them during a lunch break about why they had parked illegally while noshing at a Brooklyn food truck.

Tzvi Richt says the two at first tried to discourage him from continuing to ask questions. Then, when they asked him for identification and he questioned whether they had a legal right to do so, they handcuffed him, he says in a federal lawsuit filed in Brooklyn over his alleged false arrest. The New York Daily News and the New York Post have stories.

Although two disorderly conduct summonses against Richt resulting from the incident were dismissed for lack of prosecution, he filed suit because he is concerned they will adversely impact his ability to secure admission to the bar.

A spokesman for the city said it will review the suit once New York is served with the complaint.

Richt was reportedly a first-year student at Yeshiva University's Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at the time of the December incident.

Hat tip: Above the Law.

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