Yonkers hit with five new brutality lawsuits

Ernie Garcia
The Journal News
July 29, 2008, Excerpts

YONKERS – A Bronx law firm recently filed five police-brutality lawsuits against the city, one of them seeking more than $6 million in damages.

Plaintiffs in the five lawsuits allege beatings, unlawful imprisonment and sexual degradation at the hands of more than a dozen Yonkers police officers in five unrelated incidents last year…

Attorney Richard St. Paul represents the plaintiffs, some of whom have criminal histories.

“Despite whatever a person’s history is, they have the right not to be abused,” said St. Paul, who is also a New Rochelle city councilman and an attorney involved in the voting-rights case brought by the Department of Justice against Port Chester.