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Brooklyn Men Claim Cops Arrested Them for Not Turning Over White Castle Sliders

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Two Brooklyn men are alleging that cops tried to steal their White Castle burgers and, when denied, arrested them. They're suing the city of New York and the officers over the incident, which they say took place in Coney Island on October 31, 2012, immediately following Hurricane Sandy. 

The cops in question were rounding up looting suspects when plaintiffs Danny Maisonet and Kenneth Glover got out of a taxi with a bag full of White Castle sliders. The suit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, says several cops demanded Glover and Maisonet hand over the burgers, which they refused to do. 

The officers ordered plaintiffs to get on the ground, and asked them what they were doing.

Plaintiff explained that they were getting food. 

The officers, including defendants (Angelo) Pizarro, struck plaintiff in the back with their knees and flashlights.

Despite the fact that they had no probable cause to believe that he had committed any crimes or offenses, defendants, including defendant Pizzarro, placed plaintiff under arrest.

The officers transported the two men to the 61st Street precinct, where they were held for two days before being taken to central booking, according to the suit. The men were later arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration. After several court appearances, all charges against them were eventually dismissed. 

The officers say they arrested Maisonet and Glover for interfering as they were trying to pursue looting suspects. 

In their lawsuit against the cops, Maisonet and Glover say they were stopped and searched without reasonable suspicion, arrested without probable cause, and that the cops used unreasonable force against them. They say they've suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, pain, bodily injury, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, and reputation damage and assert that these injuries "were a direct and proximate result of (the City) and the NYPD's wrongful de facto policies … and repeated failure of the defendant City and the NYPD to properly supervise, train and discipline their police officers."

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  1. The men were later arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration.

    Bullshit.

    They say they’ve suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, pain, bodily injury, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, and reputation damage

    Also bullshit.

    1. If they beat them with flashlights and knee them, I can see some injury.

      1. That’s fine, but all that other shit is just there to inflate the settlement. It reeks of skeevy ambulance-chaser.

        1. Good. Litigation against government fuckups should always be inflated. Fuck the pigs.

        2. Oh, to be sure – you throw everything in your complaint. Then when you get to settlement or trial, you get (closer) down to reality

        3. If I were held for two days over crap charges like this, you better believe I’d be suffering from emotional distress, mental anguish and all that. The mental aspects would probably mess me up a lot worse than a couple incidental bruises from rough handling.

          1. Yeah, that. I’m suffering a bit of emotional distress and anxiety just reading about it. I sure as fuck would be experiencing all that they listed had some asshole pigs tried to rob me and then falsely arrested me and held me for a few days on bogus charges.

        4. Emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation are pretty much issued gratis to anyone who spends two days in a NYC jail, or wouldn’t you agree?

    2. What’s bullshit about that list of harms from being beaten, robbed, and kidnapped by cops?

      1. Because lawyers are eeevil, and obviously the cops are telling the truth, because they’re our wondrous saviors in blue?

    3. They say they’ve suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, fear, pain, bodily injury, anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation, and reputation damage

      If what they say is true and they were beaten and falsely imprisoned for 2 days or more, that doesn’t seem unreasonable to claim.

      1. I’m afraid that if such incidents are becoming routine, the losses to reput’n, humil’n, & embarrassment are becoming negligible. It’s like being the victim of a wild animal attack.

    4. The time and emotional stress of being locked up and having to defend one’s self in criminal court is valid. Thousands of dollars would be compensation. Millions would be punishment to the PD – but also seems outrageous. Fire the officers would be appropriate – but that would require getting rid of the union that will back them no matter what. Disband the union – now that would be epic justice.

  2. The men were later arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration.

    “Deys wuz flappin’ dere gums an’ interfeerin’ wit’ us fillin’ our guts wit’ dere delicious boigers!”

    1. Officer wimpy?

  3. If these gentlemen were carrying a nice broccoli salad, this never would have happened.

    1. what woulda happened if they had donuts?

    1. It’s time you came to grips with the fact that nobody reads the AM Links.

    2. yeah, i came here to poke fun at you…

      HA HA!

    3. How are you still sober enough to go back and link to that? Catch up, sarc!

    4. Eh, a crap in one hand, a h/t in other; you still can’t buy a dildo… except maybe in LA

      1. Or can you, ENB?!?!

  4. White Castle is disgusting, that the cops wanted that shit says a lot about the NYPD

    1. 4 hamburgers and a side of clam strips sounds pretty tasty right now. Too bad I’m in Krystal-Kountry.

      1. Well whatever the hell I ate back in Newark a few months back gave me the insta-runs. Or maybe that was just from Newark.

      2. Aren’t Krystal and WC like Carl’s Jr and Hardees, clones?

        Bite-sized burger, steamed bun; watamimissing?

        1. Now I could DEFINITELY go for a guacamole bacon $6 burger right now from Carl’s. Can’t speak for Hardees, though.

          1. I would eat Hardees or Carl’s any day instead of the White Castle we used to have near us. It was awful.

            1. I’ve only been to one outside of Chicago, near Lincolnwood. I was blazed, and it was delicious. But yes, Carl’s is delicious even non-baked. There are definite tiers to drivethrough burger places:

              Tier 1: Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s, Jack in the Box, Chick-Fil-A, In-n-Out, Dilly Burger

              Tier 2: Wendy’s, Arby’s, White Castle, Whataburger

              Tier 3: McDonald’s, Burger King, A&W,

              1. Unfortunately for me, no tier ones anywhere near me.

                I would throw Taco Bell into tier 1.

                1. You must be in one of them food deserts. Especially if you think dog food should go into tier 1.

              2. Whataburger should be top tier like Chick-Fil-A and In-n-Out

                1. It was close, but their fries are soggy and tasteless too often, and their best stuff (tacquitos) is only available from 11PM to 11AM. It was a protest demotion.

        2. According to memory, a long time ago White Castle expanded as far as they felt they could afford, which mostly covered the northeast and midwest. Sometime later, someone got the idea to make the same kind of hamburgers, but concentrated on the south, where they knew White Castle wouldn’t be coming anytime soon, and so wouldn’t be a threat to WC income. I didn’t see my first WC in a southern state (TN) until early 2000’s. Krystal was pretty entrenched by then, of course.

    2. This is ridiculous. White Castle is delicious.

      1. Yes, but it does inflict a digestive penalty.

        1. I’m not sure if everyone has pathetic guts, or the surgeries I got as a teenager somehow gave me a…. superior digestive system, but Chipotle, White Castle, etc. don’t do anything like that.

          1. Chipotlaway!

            1. Wasn’t he first officer on “Voyager”?

      2. Well maybe I’m just so used to in n out quality, that White Castle tastes like peasant slop. /westcoastelitism

        1. White Castle *is* peasant slop.

          But sometimes the cleverer of the peasants comes up with something good.

          1. Exactly. Barbecue is peasant slop, too, but that makes it no less delicious.

      3. It was the only fast food restaurant in my home town for a while, so I grew up eating a lot of White Castle.

        1. Little Tavern. R.I.P.

  5. and repeated failure of the defendant City and the NYPD to properly supervise, train and discipline their police officers.”

    Nice of them to provide an out for the PD to not have to meaningfully discipline anyone right there in the lawsuit.

    1. I think that’s the hook to liability for NYC.. Either the city was responsible for the actions of their officers or they were responsible for not properly supervising them even if the city isn’t responsible for the actions. No easy escape for the city’s lawyers.

      1. Other than the FYTW defense.

        1. It’s just a play I’ve seen over and over. Taxpayers on the hook, officers with a slap on the wrist, nothing else happens, rinse and repeat with the next big of thuggery.

  6. ENB is quickly fitting in around here. Alt-text, wading into the comments section, and now nut punches.

  7. The men were later arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration.

    Land of the Free.

    Home of the Brave.

    1. There may be some artistic license involved in that piece.

  8. obstructing government administration

    Is that a charge? Ought to be a commendable activity …

    1. Not only is it a charge, but a conviction will bar you from ever entering Canada. They take that very seriously there. OBEY!

  9. The case hinges on one simple fact. Were the cops drunk or not?

  10. The officers say they arrested Maisonet and Glover for interering

    interering, ENB?

    Reason doesn’t need to hire proofreaders…they have us.

    1. You’re right. They should simply start giving us money.

    2. I had an interering problem a few years ago, plays hell with your sense of balance.

    3. I caught an error in one of her other articles and demanded that she fire her current proofreaders. Is it already time to clean house again, Elizabeth??

      1. Ssssssssssssssh! You don’t want to bring attention to our new alt-text loving, commenter conversing, typo-prone female editor… do you?

        1. DON’T YOU TALK ABOUT . . .

          Oh, never mind.

          1. Geez, you’re acting like I named a potential sheepfucker by name.

  11. Quality alt text.

  12. Yet more evidence that when given blanket authority during emergency situations cops are at their worst.

    I, personally, had a 12 gauge pointed at my head from about 6 feet away IN MY OWN FRONT yard about 10 days after Hurricane Andrew wrecked my house. The mold was starting to make it dangerous to be inside, and, being early September in So. Florida, it was hot and humid as fuck and thus far more comfortable outside than inside.

    My crime? Being outside after curfew. And this pales in comparison to many of the incidents after Katrina.

    Fuck cops. Whoever thought giving them more authority and/or leeway to act in whatever fucking manner they see fit without consequence so long as they put down “looting” somewhere in their report should be fucking shot. In the leg. And then again in the other. And then he needs to be ass raped by a rusty chainsaw.

    1. I’ll do it.

    2. Curfews never prevented looting after hurricanes, ever. Looters loot during the day when they can see the shit they are taking.

      The most effective deterrent I’ve seen to looting was a bunch of shotgun and rifle armed good ol’ boys sitting around a grill drinking beer at the end of a road they had blocked with a couple trucks against which they had propped a sign stating “You Loot, We Shoot.”

      Saw several truckloads of people who were clearly up to no good turn around without ever testing the checkpoint.

      This was after Hugo.

      When I did some charity work after Katrina I saw variations of the same, including a bunch of very well-heeled bayou boys telling some out-of-state cops (they were California Highway Patrol IIRC) who were enforcing the gun grabs to turn around and fuck off or they’d end up floating down the canal. I was sitting in my box truck waiting for them to move their roadblock when the cops showed up coming from the other direction. When the cops noticed the group of rednecks sitting in the brush with an assortment of evil black rifles pointed at them their attitudes changed real quick. One of them actually pissed himself.

      Those good ol’ boys probably weren’t foolin’ around, I heard on the ham that a bunch of out-of-state deputies had been “ambushed” at a roadblock a few days later. Don’t know if it was the same bunch, because plenty of people got real riled up over the gun seizure orders and “foreign” cops swinging dicks around and breaking shit.

      1. ^^^
        This is the best story I ever heard.

      2. What were they grilling?

        1. Pig, of course!

      3. Nice contrast to the Boston “Strong”

        1. It’s a lot easier when you actually have access to guns, and (I assume) are able to film police legally.

          1. Had any of the residents of Boston attempted same after the marathon bombing it would have been a bloodbath.

            It’s a lot easier when the cops aren’t rolling through town in platoon-sized formations with armor support. A dozen or so vets of various wars with lots of hunting/shooting/killing experience sitting in good concealment/cover armed with autoloading rifles can quite easily eliminate 5-6 cops. In the outlying parishes (and counties of Mississippi) I never saw groups of cops numbering more than what could fit in a couple Police Interceptors.

            Besides, the denizens of most major American cities have never actually held a firearm, must less used one to kill something. The rural parishes/counties of LA and MS are very different. The majority of people there have enough familiarity with firearms to load and fire one, even if they’ve never used one to kill something. There also seems to be, and I could be way off base here, a far higher concentration of military veterans in rural precincts of the South than just about anywhere else I’ve been in the US.

  13. I will gladly not beat you until Tuesday for a burger today.

  14. Don’t they call them sliders because they slide right through ya?

    1. Yes. In at 2AM, out at 7AM.

  15. I would thrash anyone who calls White Castle burgers “sliders”

    1. Then you may need to have a word with whoever at White Castle calls them sliders.

      1. I’ve been eating white castle for 30 years and have never heard them called sliders. Probably some hipster reach out thing.

        Now get off my lawn.

        1. I have always heard them called sliders. On their menu.

            1. OK I had to google this. Seems like they started calling them sliders when I was out west for a few years in the mid 90’s.

              http://answers.yahoo.com/quest…..647AAU8oU6

              st AnswerAsker’s Choice

              R3m0r@ answered 5 years ago
              The trademark for Slyders was filed in 1993, and in 2008 “The Original Slider” was also registered. However the term has a long history of referring to small burgers.

              1. That’s all it means. Small burger.

                1. Uh, no.

                  TODAY slider means small burger. Back in the 70’s when the phrase was coined it meant (and still means) the burger slides through your digestive system in less than an hour.

  16. I knew that McDonalds had a problem with police brutality under the administration of Mayor McCheese and Officer “Big” Mac’s war on the crime ring led by the Hamburglar. It is sad that similar problems now exist at White Castle.

    1. I still remember when I was all fucked up at McDonald’s in high school looking at the cartoons on the walls and a good friend of mine didn’t believe that the character’s name was simply “Big Mac”, so he re-christened him “Constable McShitty”. It’s stuck ever since.

  17. charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing government administration

    The King’s Men needed those burgers in order to properly perform their jobs. You don’t expect them to serve and protect punish and enslave on empty stomachs do you?

    1. An attack on the King’s mens’ burgers is the same as an attack on the King.

      1. Government is all of us so their burgers belong to the government and its appointed agents.

  18. Ahh, White Castle….. the Obama of hamburgers.

    1. While Castles only have 5 holes in ’em, Obamacare has millions.

  19. Castle doctrine? Cattle doctrine?

  20. Who knows? Maybe the cops just wanted to look in the bag and verify that the contents were burgers, not looted goods, and these guys would have gone on their way with their food had they just handed over the bag when commanded by their public servant.

    But no. They had to assert themselves and say “No.” After that the rest was inevitable.

  21. Over the top of that mountain we go. Oh yeah.

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