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Gay man sues NYPD for allegedly breaking his ribs and calling him ‘faggot’ at Pride

Gay man sues NYPD for allegedly breaking his ribs and calling him ‘faggot’ at Pride

Jacob Alejandro.

A gay man is suing the New York Police Department for allegedly breaking his ribs and calling him a ‘faggot’ at the city’s Pride parade last year.

Jacob Alejandro, 25, was walking on Christopher Street at about 7.30pm on 29 June 2014 when an officer forcefully pushed him to the ground ‘without justification,’ according to the suit.

‘While Mr Alejandro lay on the ground bleeding, a defendant officer yelled, in sum, “get the fuck up you faggot,”‘ it reads.

‘As Mr Alejandro was on the ground, defendants violently piled on top of him and arrested him without probable cause or reasonable suspicion to believe he had committed any crime or offense.’

According to a police complaint obtained by the New York Post, Alejandro jumped over a police barricade and flailed his arms when cops tried to arrest him.

He was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct and released after 24 hours in custody. The charges have since been dismissed.

Alejandro was later diagnosed with fractured ribs, the suit claims.

‘I have seen too much bias and bigotry from NYPD officers, and I hope my case makes a difference,’ he said in a statement.

Alejandro is seeking unspecified damages and injunctive relief. The suit names Lieutenant Jorge Tavarez and 10 other officers, detectives and supervisors.

Last month, another gay man sued the NYPD for $25 million for breaking his nose and calling him a faggot after officers came to his house about a noise complaint.