Man sued NYC for being beaten by police in SRO while cooking now city asked for video

Man sued NYC for being beaten by police in SRO while cooking now city asked for video

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 11 –

Shamark Williams sued New York City after he was assaulted by police in the SRO he lived in, 530 West 78th Street, Apartment 5J, while cooking a veggie burger and rice.

On April 4, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Colleen McMahon, held a hearing. Inner City Press has it covered.

Williams had a lawyer, but he no longer has one. Justice McMahon noted that this sometimes happens when such a case is not resolved in mediation.

She told Williams he must now prepare to plead, if necessary on his own. He said he would. The case was returned to Magistrate Judge Stuart D. Aaron.

On April 11, Magistrate Judge Aaron held a hearing, and Inner City Press covered it again. Judge Aaron asked Williams if he understood why the defense attorney said he was not representing individual defendant PO Michaeel Vaccaro – he had not been served. Williams talked about having his hands behind his back. He wants the video.

Judge Aaron ordered the city to file a letter by April 29 indicating whether it has body camera footage and to attend a settlement conference on May 26 at 2 p.m.

The case is Williams v. Vaccaro, et al., 19-cv-3548 (McMahon)

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