A lawsuit alleges the Westchester County police sought to humiliate gay men and ignored the fact that many of the cases were sealed when it released the names of 16 men in a crackdown on sexual activity in a local park.
The suit says the men in at least a dozen cases pleaded guilty to violations, the equivalent of speeding tickets. They didn't face any sex charges.
It was filed by the Lambda Legal organization on behalf of a man who said he was horrified to find his name and photo in newspapers and local websites last year.
The police news release said the men were accused of misdemeanors such as public lewdness at Saxon Woods Park in White Plains.
The police department didn't respond to a request for comment.