Some law students are still naive enough to believe that they’ll be able to take a stand against every day injustices and walk away victorious — just because they’re law students. That’s simply not the case, especially when you’re a law student who’s trying to come between a police officer and his lunch…
Tzvi Richt, a Cardozo Law student, thought that he could just question police officers about their alleged decision to park at a bus stop while hitting up a food truck and get off scot-free. No dice, buddy. Richt, acting as an apparent officer of the morality police force, asked the officers “whether they thought what they had done was right.” The New York Post has the details on what Richt claims happened next:
Richt claims that he asked the question in a respectful manner and was not “yelling or shouting,” according to court papers.
[Officer Graham] Braithwaite tried to shoo Richt away – but he wasn’t taking no for an answer.
“Plaintiff responded by asking whether he wasn’t allowed to ask a question of a police officer,” the suit states.
Braithwaite then demanded Richt’s identification – but the student asked if they had the right to make the request.
That’s when Braithwaite slapped handcuffs on Richt and tossed him into the back of the cruiser for a ride to the 61st Precinct, papers state.
After Richt arrived at the station, he says he continued to make various legal inquiries, but was met with rude responses, one of which allegedly included, “It’s none of your f**king business.” Richt then sat in a cell for more than an hour, likely sulking about all of the business which wasn’t his to give a f**k about.
Richt received two disorderly conduct citations; the charges were later dropped. Richt wants all of this to go away — but because he doesn’t know how the world works, he filed suit. Thanks Barbra Streisand.
Richt is now concerned that the arrest will wreck his legal career before it even starts.
He “has reason to fear that the arrest may interfere with his ability to secure admission to the Bar when he graduates law school and to obtain employment as an attorney,” his complaint states.
Richt and his attorney, Joel Berger, declined to comment on the case.
At this rate, we’d recommend that Richt find his Cardozo classmate Benula Bensam and then proceed to ask her non-stop questions about how to make his one-time mistakes live on forever. Best of luck with that.
Law student calls out cops, gets ‘wrongfully’ cuffed: lawsuit [New York Post]