Serves Her Right for Accidentally Getting Hit by a Stray Bullet

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Woman gets hit with stray bullet, heads to hospital. NYPD officers decide she’s lying about what happened, arrest her, detain her for five days . . . then release her with no charges.

Takesha Griffin, 35, said she was handcuffed to a bench in the squad room or locked in a filthy holding cell at the 73rd Precinct stationhouse during a spirit-shattering stretch last month. Cops asked her repeatedly if she was ready to cough up the real story.

“They wanted me to lie,” said Griffin, whose lawyer filed a notice of claim on Tuesday. “It was like ‘The Twilight Zone.’ ”

During her lengthy confinement, Griffin said she urinated on herself when no one was available to escort her to the bathroom. She was also denied a sanitary napkin.

The single mother of a 9-year-old boy said she was given a McDonald’s hamburger each day and ridiculed when she complained about the food. One cop sarcastically pointed out that she could order salmon or lasagna from a menu posted on the squad room wall.

The cops wanted Griffin to say a male friend with her that night shot her. The were apparently able to detain her because her name popped up on a failure to appear warrant related to a disorderly conduct summons in 2009. Even if they were right about everything, they were prepared to punish a crime victim on an unrelated matter until she changed her story about how she’d been shot.  That’s fairly terrifying.
As it turns out, their justification for holding Griffin was baseless, too. Griffin actually appeared for the 2009 summons. The warrant was issued due to a “clerical error.”

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39 Responses to “Serves Her Right for Accidentally Getting Hit by a Stray Bullet”

  1. #1 |  Joe-every-libertarian | 

    Clerical Error, huh?

  2. #2 |  Difster | 

    Despite the fact that the Bible tells us not to bear false witness, I think that people should start find the home addresses of cops and then send anonymous tips to the FBI about the drug, gambling, prostitution and child porn habits of these cops. Who cares if they’re true. Let them taste a little injustice.

  3. #3 |  Ron Good | 

    There is no moral obligation to tell the truth to liars. Once the first lie is told, it’s “game on”.

  4. #4 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Man, I bet heads will roll within the police department for this. One thing about cops–they fix problems quickly so that they’re constantly improving the level of service they provide.

  5. #5 |  damaged justice | 

    To say there is a moral obligation to be honest with those who seek to do you harm completely fails the Jews in the Attic test.

  6. #6 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “The were apparently able to detain her because her name popped up on a failure to appear warrant related to a disorderly conduct summons in 2009.”

    Ahh, the old fortuitous warrant…an important component of any functioning Bureaucratic Police State milieu…
    This is what they do when things like Martial Law are politically incorrect,
    or “real” warrants prove difficult, but you still need a way to be able to jail non-compliers anywhere, anytime.

  7. #7 |  Andrew S. | 

    Clerical error? I thought that only happened to Harry Buttle.

    I really feel sorry for the officers involved here. Poor cops might have to take a two week vacation followed by “training” for this. Just for a simple mistake!

  8. #8 |  Rob Lyman | 

    I don’t see how you can blame the cops for the warrant. They run her name through the system, the warrant pops up. They should confirm it with the originating agency, to make sure it hasn’t been cleared, but having done that, they were right to detain her.

    Everything else they did, assuming the story is accurate, was totally and utterly wrong.

  9. #9 |  SJE | 

    This is what happens when the cops are judged by stupid performance metrics. An accidental shooting comes out as a negative for them as an unsolved (unsolvable) crime. But a shooting that is tied to a suspect (even if framed) comes off as “good police work” and leads to promotion.

    Look at the Schoolcraft lawsuit.

  10. #10 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “One cop sarcastically pointed out that she could order salmon or lasagna from a menu posted on the squad room wall.”

    Why do images of angry peasants and guillotines keep dancing through my mind?

  11. #11 |  Invid | 

    @ #9
    Actually I think this is what happens when the cops aren’t judged by anyone….

  12. #12 |  Bergman | 

    Re: Yizmo, #10:

    Let them eat cake (donuts)!

  13. #13 |  Aresen | 

    I wonder if they could be charged with ‘suborning perjury”.

  14. #14 |  James D | 

    Unrelated but thought Radley would like it anyways as it relates to the cop issues:

  15. #15 |  croaker | 

    @13 Probably, but try finding a DA in NYC with the balls of that Houston Grand Jury.

    It’s stories like this that make it hard for me to dredge some care from Giveafuck Bay when a cop gets shot or beat up. The bad cops have it coming, the ‘good’ cops have it coming for tolerating the bad cops.

  16. #16 |  John P. | 

    The police are slowly becoming the real enemy to this country and our freedoms.

  17. #17 |  SJE | 

    #11: The problem of botched incentives goes right to the top. Look at Ofc. Schoolcraft who refused to arrest people for bogus reasons, and uncovered that a serial rapist was allowed to get away with his crimes because management downgraded rape reports to “trespassing” etc.
    He was demoted, sent to an insane asylum, and will never work as a cop again.

  18. #18 |  CyniCAl | 

    Is it really beyond the pale to wish that all cops would die of colorectal cancer?

  19. #19 |  Whim | 

    Ms. Griffin has only one avenue of redress: Sue the City of New York.

    There is a long line…..

  20. #20 |  jselvy | 

    There are NO good cops. At the very least they are passive collaborators and oathbreaking traitors, at the norm they are active coconspiritors in the crimes of their fellows.

  21. #21 |  Nancy Lebovitz | 

    I give Ms. Griffin tremendous respect for not caving in and fingering an innocent person.

  22. #22 |  Joe in Missouri | 

    There is only one kind of good cop (the standing army we were warned about) and that is one that is not breathing.

  23. #23 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Mother fuckers.

  24. #24 |  Aresen | 

    Nancy Lebovitz | October 28th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I give Ms. Griffin tremendous respect for not caving in and fingering an innocent person.

    Good point. That takes a hell of a lot of guts.

  25. #25 |  demize! | 

    #8 If you have a failure to appear, or desk apparance ticket, then you are prossed through the system. That means precinct, central booking, tombs, court, its essentially a class c felony or misdemeanor, not held hostage by a bunch of fucking numpties looking to boost their comstat. She was a crime victim, and one who suffered a grevious injury. All involved should be prosecuted for false imprisonment but I wont hold my breath. The level of brutality and callousness of the police is so evident at this point there will eventually be a fill on neo feudal police state or there will devine retribution. I pray gor the latter. These people are a demented subset of the population. The relish the role of being the bootboys for the elite. They are iredeemable.

  26. #26 |  demize! | 

    Forgive me. The angrier I get the worse I type.

  27. #27 |  V | 

    Page is down, how odd.

  28. #28 |  derfel cadarn | 

    Did anyone expect anything less from NY Corruptest ? The police enforce the law of their own making for their own amusement. I know just a few bad apples,so then where are all the “GOOD” cops? Answer there are no such creatures. Law enforcers today could be brought up on RICO charges and those charges would be perfectly applicable.

  29. #29 |  mad libertarian guy | 

    @16 John P.



  30. #30 |  Stephen | 

    The link does not have the story anymore.

  31. #31 |  Archie1954 | 

    She is doing the correct thing by suing, the only problem with that is that the actual perpetrators, the police constables will probably not be punished. It’s too bad the judge doesn’t have the right to fire them for gross negligence or misfeasance.

  32. #32 |  tim | 

    You ever wonder why criminals are treated better then the victoms becase they are the cops. Say what they want or eat 1 hamberger And sit all day no bathroom piss yourself. The scary part is they think they are the good guy. like third world countries An oficer is a public servent they work for us but they are above the law.

  33. #33 |  Militant Libertarian » Serves Her Right for Accidentally Getting Hit by a Stray Bullet | 

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  34. #34 |  Avram | 

    The NY Daily News moved the article. This URL should work, unless they move it again:

  35. #35 |  Plato | 

    Who watches the watchers?

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  37. #37 |  Rockie32 | 

    Interesting how up until now there have been no news of protestors being anything but polite and non aggressive, with the cops viciously assulting the protestors and constantly getting away with it. And now that the cops have nearly killed a war veterin, who may yet die they are claiming that they are the ones who have been assaulted continuously by the protestors. What bull shit. Now they have to sell a reason to avoid a blood bath. Maybe that 4.8 million that J.P.Morgan paid them off with will pay their way out of this one with more phoney public relations. I’m sure there are some good cops but what they have to do is do no harm or use no force where it is not needed. The ones that have to go are the cops that are acting like thugs and have no respect for their countrymen.

  38. #38 |  Paul Meade | 

    What would a police state be without the police?

  39. #39 |  Cal | 

    #20: That’s not entirely true. Some cops actually refuse to collaborate in this kind of crap. The problem is they don’t get to remain cops for long because the bad cops don’t just outnumber them, they’re also in charge. Just ask Adrian Schoolcraft.