UPDATE: On Friday, May 11, the City agreed to settle the case brought by Michael Tarif Warren and Evelyn Warren with a total payment of $360,000. Although there is the standard no admission of liability, the amount of the settlement speaks for itself in terms of whether there was wrongdoing on the part of officers in the NYPD. Thanks to all of you who have supported the Warrens throughout this case. The trial, which was scheduled to start
on 5/14 in the Eastern District of New York, has obviously been canceled.
*MONDAY, MAY 14th through FRIDAY, MAY 18th, 2012, 9:30 A.M.*
*Brooklyn Federal Court, 225 Cadman Plaza East (at Tillary St.)
*The Judge is Allyne Ross, Courtroom 8C on the 8th floor.*
*Subways: 2, 3, 4, 5, M, N, R to Court St./Borough Hall;
A, C, F to Jay St./Borough Hall*
On June 21, 2007, at about 6 P.M. MIchael Tarif & Evelyn Warren, both
African-American attorneys (Tarif has been a leading civil rights lawyer for many years), were stopped in their car at a red light at the intersection of Atlantic & Vanderbilt Avenues in Brooklyn, only a few blocks from where they live and practice law. They observed many NYPD officers chasing a young man across the parking lot of a McDonald’s. The police caught the young man and proceeded to start beating him, in full view of hundreds of people, including children. Tarif stepped out of his car and yelled at the police to stop beating the young man. The same police, led by a sergeant, came over to the Warrens’ vehicle, reached in and started beating Tarif, then dragged him out of the car and arrested him. When Evelyn objected, she too was arrested-and hit in the face. The Warrens were taken to the 77th Pct. but their arrests had been witnessed by people who knew them. Within hours, hundreds of people had gathered at the
precinct demanding that the Warrens be released. They were, but then spent the next many, many months fighting the criminal charges, which were ultimately dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.
The Warrens filed a federal 1983 (civil rights) action against the police who beat and arrested them, the NYPD and the City of New York. In that suit, they are represented by civil rights attorney Jonathan Moore.
That lawsuit is scheduled to start trial on May 14th in Brooklyn federal court at 9:30 A.M. The trial itself is scheduled to take 1+ weeks. Let’s start by filling the courtroom the first week, then see where we go from there.
For years, Evelyn and Michael Tarif Warren have defended the community whenever their services were needed. Tireless and fearless defenders of community people against police brutality, they now need our support in return.