Otto Kogen, 72, is suing the NYPD for $5 million
A 72-year-old man is suing the NYPD for a whopping $5 million, charging a group of plainclothes cops roughed him up on an upper Manhattan street .
Otto Kogen said he had just finished cleaning an apartment he rents out on W. 105th St. near Columbus Ave. when he stepped out to his car about 6:30 p.m. on April 17, 2011.
Before he could get the keys out of his pocket, three men slammed the frail 5-foot-4, 140-pound Kogen against his 2004 Nissan Sentra.
“I thought they (were) robbing me,” recalled the Latvia-born Kogen, who lives in Jersey City with his longtime wife, Bella, and spends his spare time refurbishing antiques.
The men began rifling through his pockets, so Kogen threatened to call the police.
“Please understand, I appreciate all police,” Kogen said. “(But) they’re not supposed to do this.”
By Joe Kemp AND Rocco Parascandola / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS