5 to file notice of policy brutality claim against NYPD

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Five people accuse NYPD officers of excessive force over the weekend and have hired Brooklyn firm Rubenstein and Rynecki as they file a notice of claim against the NYPD and the city.

Family Day at the Marcy Houses was supposed to be a fun event Saturday, but three people have filed a notice of claim against the NYPD and the city for alleged brutality stemming from it. There were also alleged incidents in Bed-Stuy on Sunday at the Roosevelt Houses and Bainbridge Street, with two others seeking monetary damages.

"People who live here in Brooklyn were brutalized by the police. Two of whom have suffered fractured jaws as a result, one of whom may lose the sight in their eye as a result," says Sanford Rubenstein, of Rubenstein & Rynecki Law.

Ja-Nay Graham says she came down around 10:45 p.m. Saturday when she heard her nephew was arrested.

"When he tried to stand up to show me, you know, 'auntie I'm right here,' a officer that was inside the van with him just turned around and punched him in the face," says Graham.

Then she claims she tried to take out her phone to record what was happening, but an officer then struck her in the head.

A video shows one officer trying to stop the bleeding after she was hit. She now says she has headaches and five staples in her head. It's unclear why there was such a large police presence at the event.

"Why were the cops even there? You would have to ask the cops that, there's a lot of stories out in the community but we don't know what's really true," says Rubenstein.

The NYPD says in response that they are looking into the matter internally, and will review the matter once they are served the lawsuit. The city legal department says it has not been served with paperwork yet and has no comment.

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