Police brutality has taken a turn towards humilation in the latest alleged case against the NYPD.
According to the New York Post, 28-year-old Quinshon Singles was detained during a search and seizure (where the cops came up empty-handed). According to reports search was said to be illegal after Donyale Kitchens, the owner of the residence, refused the police entry until the produced a warrant.
According to the lawsuit, the officers were in plainclothes and convinced a superintendent to provide them keys to allow them entry into the residence.
What allegedly transpired next seems to be taken out of the pages of a Quentin Tarantino script.
Via the NYPost:
Once inside, the officers handcuffed Shingles and two other men while they searched the apartment, the suit states. But the cops abruptly decided to break for a musical interlude after learning that Shingles was an aspiring rapper.
“The defendant officers then told the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles to show them some “spits and bars,” specifically to perform a rap song, and that if he was ‘hot’ they would let him go,’ the suit states.
With his freedom on the line, Shingles burst into his verses – and passed the test. “Apparently satisfied with the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles rap performance, the defendant officers indeed released him and allowed him to leave the subject premises,’ the suit states.
While Shingles was uncuffed and released, his remaining non-rapping pals stayed in custody as the search continued, according to the suit. Kitchens later returned to the home and was “shocked and distressed” to see that the cops had entered her apartment and had handcuffed the occupants.
If all accounts are true, this was not only a method of cruelty and prejudice, but racial profiling as well. But how could you possible prove this in a court of law?
That is the million dollar question.