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Saturday, June 25, 2011

NYPD cop sues department for attack by fellow officers at his Queens home

NYPD Officer Larry Jackson and his wife, Charlene

An NYPD officer claims in a lawsuit that he may be forced to retire due to a hand injury he sustained during a brutal beatdown by fellow officers outside his Queens home.

Larry Jackson contends the cops - who responded to a 911 call from his wife about a gun-wielding man who had crashed their daughter's birthday party - mistook him for the perpetrator because he's black.

Jackson was beaten with police batons, kicked and doused with pepper spray by unidentified cops from the 113th Precinct last summer. He suffered a fracture to his shooting hand and will likely have to file for a disability retirement, according to the suit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Jackson, a seven-year veteran, was not charged with a crime or disciplinary action arising from the confrontation.

The Queens district attorney's office looked into Jackson's allegations of excessive force by on-duty officers, but apparently found no wrongdoing.

"My client is looking forward to holding the police department accountable for their lack of response to this persistent problem," said lawyer Eric Sanders.

An NYPD spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

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