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Elderly man files $5 million lawsuit because police beat him after illegally crossing a street

By Mason White 1:03 PM January 28, 2014
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A man slapped the New York Police Department with a $5 million lawsuit because he was beaten after illegally crossing a street, according to court proceedings in New York.

Kang Wong, 84, said that he has never broken a single law while living in the same apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan for almost 50 years.

He is suing for $5 million after being humiliated and mistreated for a minor infraction earlier this month.

As we reported earlier, an elderly man was beaten by police officers who objected to his jaywalking, according to police reports in New York.

The 84-year-old man was beaten on Sunday, after he was accused of having jaywalked near a dangerous intersection on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Kang Wong, who lives in the area, was stopped by an officer for allegedly crossing against the light, just before 5:00 p.m.

According to a witness, several officers quickly attacked the man, who seemed unable understand what he was being told.

“The man did not seem to speak English,” a witness at the scene said.

“The officer told him to stand against a wall while he was writing a ticket. The man did not understand, and he started to walk away. That’s when the officer and several colleagues began beating him,” the witness said.

The man’s blood spilled on the floor as he was handcuffed and taken to a local hospital.

Police, who have pledged to step up enforcement, said that they were looking into the arrest.