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A Brooklyn resident is seeking to force the New York Police Department to pay a $9,530 hospital bill for procedures he says police forced him to undergo.
In a lawsuit against the department, Schedrick Campbell, 54, alleges that three plainclothes officers stopped him in March 2011 as he was exiting a Crown Heights grocery store, the New York Post reported Monday.
One of the officers allegedly grabbed Mr. Campbell by the throat and told him to “spit it out,” but found neither drugs nor any foreign objects when he inspected Mr. Campbell’s mouth.
The officers reportedly took Mr. Campbell to a nearby hospital, where they forced him to undergo X-rays and scans, hoping to locate whatever it was they believed Mr. Campbell had swallowed.
The officers allegedly kept Mr. Campbell in the hospital for two days, depriving him of his prostate medication and instructing him not to defecate, as he could be charged with “tampering with evidence,” the newspaper reported.
The charges against Mr. Campbell eventually were dropped after the tests were negative for any foreign objects or drugs. However, the hospital still charged him $9,530 for the procedures, according to the newspaper.