Landlord says she was shackled to hospital bed for 17 days after cops broke her leg

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A Brooklyn landlord says she was shackled to a hospital bed for 17 days after cops broke her leg during a wrongful arrest in the hallway of her Flatbush building.

Karen Brim, 42, claims an NYPD officer threw her to the ground, severely fracturing her left leg, after she identified herself as the owner of the Utica Avenue building and asked why the cops were there, according to a new lawsuit.

The single mother was arrested and brought to Kings County Hospital, where she needed multiple surgeries, plates and screws to fix the bones broken in a tussle with Officer Timothy Reilly.



Marshall Bluth

FLIGHT RISK? Brooklyn landlord Karen Brim rests in shackles at Kings County Hospital after a cop broke her leg in a wrongful arrest, she says in a lawsuit.

Adding insult to injury, court papers say, was the way police restrained her for more than two weeks during her hospital stay, with one officer posted outside her room.

“She was hand- and ankle-cuffed to her hospital bed,” lawyer Marshall Bluth told The Post. “They would not allow family or friends to enter. She wasn’t presented before a judicial hearing officer for 17 days. It was pretty egregious.”

A state court spokesman said the 24-hour standard for arraignment in criminal cases doesn’t apply when defendants are hospitalized.

But Brim was conscious and incapable of fleeing because of her injuries and could have been arraigned at any point, Bluth said.

“She’s not a flight risk. She cannot run out of the hospital. There’s no need to handcuff and ankle-cuff her. Being handcuffed to a bed — it’s like being a caged animal. It’s outrageous,” he said. “It’s beyond belief. Not for one day, not for one week, but for 17 days?”

The confrontation with cops unfolded on April 30, 2012, when Reilly, Officer Ralph Giordano and an unidentified partner spotted four neighborhood teens hanging out on a roof adjacent to Brim’s building.

They chased the youths into Brim’s building, entering via the roof, as Brim was mopping a hallway, according to a police source and Brim’s Brooklyn federal court lawsuit.

Brim claims things got physical when she protested that the kids were visitors and not trespassing.

Cops maintain that Brim was the violent one — swinging a broom at Reilly, smacking him in the head and putting her hand around his neck, according to a criminal complaint.

The cops arrested the teens — Brenado Simpson, Clifton Bailey, Robean Romans and Distephano Destin — for trespassing. The charges were later dropped, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said.

Brim was charged with assault, resisting arrest, menacing, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. Her criminal case is pending.

Brim insists in court papers the cops lied.

“She’s mopping the common areas, as she does once every two weeks or so, and suddenly police officers descend from the roof into her building and proceed to beat her up, basically,” Bluth said. “No one really knows for sure why they did this. They basically stormed her building.”

The cops did not have a warrant, according to Brim, who’s owned the three-story building for more than a decade and operates a beauty salon on the first floor.

Brim is seeking unspecified damages in her lawsuit, which accuses the officers of using “unnecessary and unreasonable” force, false arrest, falsifying evidence and violating her constitutional rights.

It was the second time in a year Reilly was accused of being violent with the public. Brooklyn resident Samuel Semple sued the city last year after Reilly allegedly “forcibly dragged” him out of a restaurant.

Semple, who suffered minor injuries, got a $10,000 settlement in January.

The city will review Brim’s allegations once it gets a copy of the lawsuit, a Law Department spokeswoman said.
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Wrecktum

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The negros are hip to how it works. All they have to say is the cops decended like locusts and beat a poor innocent woman just making a living. The press will eat it right up.
 

Gorilla Pimp

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Maybe you shouldn't try and protect the neighborhood drug dealers and you won't get your legs broken.
 

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Maybe you shouldn't try and protect the neighborhood drug dealers and you won't get your legs broken.
Came to say this also. I'm sure she gets a cut that's why their "guests"
 

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Maybe you shouldn't try and protect the neighborhood drug dealers and you won't get your legs broken.
Came to say this also. I'm sure she gets a cut that's why their "guests"
Fuck that. The kids were suspected of only trespassing, but there's a chance it was drug-related so let's go with that angle for a second.

The reason street-level drug dealing is profitable for hood rats is because it's illegal for legitimate businessmen to compete in the drug market. People can't buy drugs from CVS so they go to a friend or they go to the street. So the cops are part of the reason why street dealing is incentivized. With that in mind, the cops in this case (if it did involve drugs) were trying to deal with a problem they helped create and continue to help create. I have no sympathy for them.
 

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Fuck that. The kids were suspected of only trespassing, but there's a chance it was drug-related so let's go with that angle for a second.

The reason street-level drug dealing is profitable for hood rats is because it's illegal for legitimate businessmen to compete in the drug market. People can't buy drugs from CVS so they go to a friend or they go to the street. So the cops are part of the reason why street dealing is incentivized. With that in mind, the cops in this case (if it did involve drugs) were trying to deal with a problem they helped create and continue to help create. I have no sympathy for them.
How the fuck is this the cop's fault? They are hired to do a job. Part of that job is to bust people dealing drugs. If they don't, they lose that job. If you don't like the law, get it changed. But stop blaming cops for doing their job.

Fuck this bitch for harboring criminals. I hope her limp is permanent.
 

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Cops don't write the laws. It's their job to enforce em.

Til they make drugs legal ( which by the way won't happen except for maybe pot )
then harboring dealers will always get you in trouble.
 

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How the fuck is this the cop's fault? They are hired to do a job. Part of that job is to bust people dealing drugs. If they don't, they lose that job. If you don't like the law, get it changed.
A lot of cops actively lobby against drug legalization, especially in places like New York City. There's a lot of power, money, and influence to be lost in doing away with drug prohibition.
Fuck this bitch for harboring criminals. I hope her limp is permanent.
Were they even criminals? The prosecutor's office didn't have enough evidence to make simple trespassing charges stick.
 

Lord Zero

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Til they make drugs legal ( which by the way won't happen except for maybe pot )
then harboring dealers will always get you in trouble.
If you have a friend who gives a small bit of weed to his buddies for $1 each from time to time, that person is technically a drug dealer. If you're aware of this and aware of the law, then legally, you're harboring a drug dealer every moment you spend not telling the police about it after witnessing it.
 

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If you have a friend who gives a small bit of weed to his buddies for $1 each from time to time, that person is technically a drug dealer. If you're aware of this and aware of the law, then legally, you're harboring a drug dealer every moment you spend not telling the police about it after witnessing it.
Yup, but that's the law. Don't like it? Get it changed.
Until then you're a criminal.
 

Lord Zero

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Yup, but that's the law. Don't like it? Get it changed.
Until then you're a criminal.
That's what I meant a while back when I said that drug control (and gun control) erodes respect for the law and cops. Not turning in your dumb pothead friend could theoretically make you a federal felon. Common sense and decency wouldn't allow a normal, ethically-minded person that respects individual liberty to obey that law.

Cops still make their own contribution to that erosion in respect. It's true that cops don't have anymore say in the law than you or I, but police unions have a great amount of influence in what the city and state legislatures do with respect to drug control. The cops themselves have a say in how aggressively they enforce vice laws. One thing that cops in NYC like to do is order people that are holding decriminalized amounts of pot (usually during one of those bullshit stop-and-frisk searches) to pull the bag out of their pockets and then arrest them having it in public view. That's not passive enforcement of the drug laws.
 
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Legalize it!

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