In 2015, Beranbaum Menken LLP filed a class action lawsuit, Grottano et al. v. City of New York et al., 15-cv-9242, on behalf of visitors to Rikers Island and other NYC Department of Corrections Facilities who were illegally stripsearched by corrections officers. Since the case was filed in 2015, the Department of Investigation and two District Attorneys’ Offices have opened criminal probes based on the allegations of our clients and others into whether corrections officers violated the law by improperly stripsearching visitors. Now, the Manhattan DA’s office has indicted a number of corrections officers based on allegations of unlawful stripsearches and the officers’ attempt to coverup their unlawful acts. Scott Simpson, a partner at the firm who is litigating this case with Founding Partner Bruce Menken, told the Times, “Hopefully these indictments lead to a safer, more respectful visiting process where visitors do not have to endure a traumatic experience simply to see their loved one.”
Read the article in the Times.
Learn more about this class action lawsuit here.