by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
Many people would not expect that a police officer who unjustly shot and paralyzed a man would then decided he was justified in suing the police department. Brooklyn Officer Daniel Hernandez is doing just that after shooting and paralyzing Ahmed Evans. NYDailyNews.com reports:
“A Brooklyn cop who could be axed from the force for shooting an unarmed man and paralyzing him is suing the NYPD for denying him overtime while he’s stuck on desk duty. Officer Daniel Hernandez claims that as a result of being kept off the street since July 2008, he’s been ‘damaged in his employment, and has suffered economically, humiliated, emotional distress and conscious pain and suffering,’ according to his complaint in Brooklyn Federal Court. He thinks he’s entitled to $6 million in damages.”
Some are wondering if Hernandez is simply suing in order to counteract the effects of being sued by Evans. According to the NYPD firearms discharge review board, Hernandez breached rules for using deadly force. Evans was violating his ex-girlfriend’s protection order when Hernandez came on the scene and shot him as he crawled from beneath a parked van. The bullet pierced Evans in the back between the shoulder blades. NYPD documents have recorded that Hernandez said he “was scared” because he perceived that Evans was reaching for a weapon. He later changed his story saying he actually could not see very well due to poor lighting.
Kenneth Ramseur finds Hernandez’s lawsuit to be quite laughable. He states, “Because of his negligence and lack of training he shot a human being in the back and paralyzed him, and he says the Police Department is treating him unfairly?…He’s somebody who shouldn’t be a cop.” On that note, NYDailyNews.com reports Captain Timothy Trainor as saying “the cop was slapped with disciplinary charges for shooting Evans ‘without having probable cause to believe that he must protect himself or another person from imminent death or serious physical injury.’”
Elizabeth Thomas, the Law Department spokesperson, says that city lawyers are evaluating Hernandez’s lawsuit.
Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.