Staten Island resident Hassam Khan is suing the New York Police Department after an interaction with an NYPD officer during a traffic stop cost him his two front teeth.
Khan, 24, was driving his friend’s Mercedes on December 26, 2013 when police pulled him over. Khan claims the police immediately rushed up to his car with guns drawn and ordered him to get out of the vehicle. When he opened the door, Khan alleges, an officer grabbed him and slammed his face onto the car’s roof. The slam was so forceful that Khan’s two front teeth became embedded in the metal roof and snapped off.
On Monday, Khan went to a Brooklyn federal court and filed a lawsuit against the three NYPD officers present during the alleged brutality.
“My client was subjected to brutal force for no reason, and excruciating pain,” attorney Harvey Greenberg told the New York Daily News.
The lawsuit covers the cringe-worthy details of what happened in the moments following the slam.
“(Khan) asked the officers if he could look on the ground for pieces of his teeth,” the lawsuit reads. “The police officer then pointed his flashlight to the roof of the car and (Khan) saw his teeth visibly indented in the roof of the car...then exclaimed, ‘Those are part of my teeth.’”
Even after busting Kahn’s teeth, the officers proceeded to rip through his car in search of illegal contraband. They found none.
“I think they thought they were going to be heroes and tore his car apart, but when they didn’t find anything they didn’t know what to do with him,” Greenberg said. Khan was ultimately charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration.
Before Khan filed his lawsuit, New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board looked into his case and confirmed that the officers used excessive force against him.
Source: New York Daily News / Photo Credit: Associated Press