Family of Bodega Worker Slain by NYPD Plans Lawsuit | NBC New York

Family of Bodega Worker Slain by NYPD Plans Lawsuit



    (Published Monday, March 4, 2013)

    The family of a man who was mistakenly shot to death by an NYPD officer during a robbery plans to sue the city for $25 million.
    The officer shot and killed 20-year-old Reynaldo Cuevas in September outside his family's bodega in Morrisania when police responded to a call that the store was being robbed. As police arrived, the robbery suspects ran to the back of the store, and Cuevas and another employee ran out the front.
    Security footage showed Cuevas rushing out of the bodega and running into officer Ramysh Bangali, who fired on Cuevas. The police department says the shooting was accidental.

    According to the Daily News, the Bronx district attorney has decided not to indict Bangali. Instead, the three suspects in the robbery have been charged with Cuevas' murder.
    But an attorney for the Cuevas family says Bangali acted recklessly and carelessly with his weapon.
    Civil rights lawyer Sanford Rubenstein said Saturday that he will file a $25 million claim against the city and Bangali on Monday.
    On Saturday, relatives of the slain man marched from the bodega to a neighborhood police station.

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