Ex-corrections officer accuses Yonkers police of unlawful arrest in 2018

Ex-corrections officer accuses Yonkers police of unlawful arrest in 2018

A retired New York City corrections officer is suing the Yonkers Police Department, accusing officers of causing her “bodily harm” and lying to prosecutors to justify her arrest.

Yonkers resident Lashaun Wilborne is accusing the department and several officers of humiliating her and causing her anguish with their unlawful arrest in 2018.

Wilborne is seeking damages in a federal lawsuit filed this month. The Yonkers Police Department said that it doesn’t comment on ongoing lawsuits.

The lawsuit states that Wilborne was put “in fear of physical safety, humiliated and subjected to handcuffing, and other physical restraints, without probable cause.”

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Wilborne was charged with several offenses, which were ultimately dropped, the lawsuit stated.

The case has been sealed. 

Still, she was kicked out of her unit, was placed back in the jails and was attacked, leading to her retirement, according to the lawsuit.

The incident in question happened in 2018 when Wilborne was working in the Gang Intelligence Unit in New York City’s Department of Corrections. 

In March of that year, Wilborne was headed toward work when she was told that her daughter had been hurt in a fight near Yonkers’ Palisade Preparatory School.

She called the school’s assistant principal to tell him that she was going to pick up her daughter, according to the lawsuit.

As she approached the school, the uniformed Wilborne spotted a group of children and a police vehicle parked nearby. She didn’t see her daughter among the crowd, according to the lawsuit.

She then approached the vehicle and asked an officer for help, which she claims was ignored.

Wilborne, who is African American, said she drove to the school’s parking lot. As she got out of the vehicle, the lawsuit stated, she was approached by police officials and asked for her license and registration, without any “reasonable suspicion or probable cause” that she had committed a crime.

She told the officers that she was an on-duty officer and had a gun in her car’s glove compartment, according to the lawsuit. She was arrested and searched over her objection that she be searched by a female officer, the suit stated.

The lawsuit said that several law enforcement members later “falsely informed fellow police officers” and employees of the Westchester’s District Attorney’s Office that they had observed Wilborne “engaging in threatening behavior and making unreasonable noise.”

She called the allegations “false” and said that the defendants knew that when they made the accusations. She was released from the precinct the same day.

The lawsuit said Wilborne was prosecuted of charges on “fabricated claims” that were dropped.

The lawsuit also states that as a result of the officer’s actions, she has “suffered, and will continue to suffer, damages, including physical, mental and emotional injury.”

Tiffany covers Yonkers. Click here for her latest stories. Follow her on Twitter @T_Cusaac. Sign up today for a digital subscription.

Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 03:06:00 +0000

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