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New York police arrest law student because he asked why they illegally parked at bus stop to buy food

By Mason White 5:51 PM March 30, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A hungry New York City police officer arrested a law student because he asked why they illegally parked at a bus stop, according to a lawsuit filed at a New York court.

The incident began when 22-year-old Tzvi Richt, who studies at Cardozo Law School, headed home and noticed two officers ordering a man to move his car from a bus stop at Kings Highway and East 16th Street.

The aspiring lawyer was surprised to see the police officers then occupying the illegal parking space. The officers jumped out of their patrol car and walked over to a nearby food truck to buy something to eat.

Richt asked the officers, Graham Braithwaite and Jason Pinero, why they parked illegally just to buy food. Braithwaite demanded Richt’s identification and placed him under arrest. After being placed in a cell for an hour and a half, Richt was charged with disorderly conduct.

The charges were later dismissed as the officer did not show up in court.