Angry New Yorker

Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Fer crying' out loud!

As a taxpayer it galls me that we'll be paying Mr. Sharpton $200,000. At least, however, all the people Sharpton's stiffed in the past can run to the court to file liens before the funds disappear into Sharpton's financial sinkhole.

Sharpton Settles Negligence Suit Against NYPD For 1991 Brooklyn Stabbing

The Reverend Al Sharpton announced Monday he has settled a lawsuit he filed against the NYPD for not preventing his stabbing in Brooklyn almost 13 years ago.

Under the terms of the settlement, the city has agreed to pay Sharpton $200,000 in damages, plus another $7,000 for hospital bills stemming from his stabbing in Bensonhurst in 1991. Sharpton was stabbed by Michael Riccardi as he and a group of protestors prepared to march through the neighborhood.

The protest was staged to mark the second anniversary of the death of Yusuf Hawkins, who was murdered in the neighborhood by a group of white teenagers in 1989.

Sharpton’s lawsuit charged the NYPD with negligence for allowing his attacker to break through a so-called police "safety zone," after demonstrators had been promised protection.

Sharpton’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, released a statement from the reverend that reads: "I agreed to settle this case because the city finally agreed to pay the hospital bills of Coney Island Hospital and to reimburse my loss of income as a result of my inability to work after the stabbing and pay a fair amount of damages for the injuries I suffered.”

The city released a statement saying it believed the police acted appropriately, but "could not predict how a jury might rule, and therefore believed that settlement was the best resolution for all parties involved. It did not admit any fault by the NYPD or any liability."

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