BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A Brooklyn man who claimed he was falsely arrested in Bed-Stuy will receive more than $37,000 from the city, according to his lawyer.
Maurice Stallworth, 52, won a $37,500 settlement on Jan. 28 after spending six days on Rikers Island and alleging the city and two NYPD officers violated his civil rights.
Stallworth had just left his apartment on July 11, 2012 when two plain-clothes officers in an unmarked police vehicle stopped him on Throop Avenue and Hart Street, according to court documents.
When Stallworth asked why he was being handcuffed, officers reportedly told him they would let him know upon arrival at the 79th Precinct, according to his lawyer, Michael Redenburg.
After six hours at the precinct and 24 hours in Brooklyn Central Booking, Stallworth was charged with sale and possession of a controlled substance.
He spent six days at Rikers Island but when he returned to court, all charges were dismissed, Redenburg said.
Stallworth alleged unlawful detention, loss of liberty and emotional distress from the incident.
“He was released and didn’t even understand why it happened,” said Redenburg, who had no further details on the case.
“We were just happy to get a quick turnaround and resolve this quickly.”
The city's Law Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.