Brooklyn Man Claims NYPD Hit His Parked Car Then Arrested Him

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Brooklyn man filed suit against the New York Police Department after he says a police cruiser driving the wrong way hit his parked SUV, and then cops arrested him for operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Robert Jackson, 31, says he was falsely arrested in front of his Brownsville home in April 2013, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday.

He claims a patrol car drove the wrong way down a one-way street and smacked into his SUV when it moved to avoid an oncoming truck.

According to the criminal complaint, Officer Christopher Oliver says he "went to the driver's side door of defendant's vehicle and observed the door open and the keys in the ignition.”

"I thought it was a joke," Jackson told the New York Daily News. "The cop said, 'Dude, you ran into me.’”

Jackson says he was sitting in the passenger seat when the collision occurred. He insists his engine wasn’t running and the keys weren’t in the ignition.

A surveillance video from a nearby home captured police exiting their vehicle and never approaching the driver’s side of Jackson’s SUV.

Jackson is suing the city and the two officers who were in the patrol car.

"Up until now, I'm still a little shocked they can actually do that," he said. "I was looking for an apology. They could have gotten the vehicle fixed."

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post