The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau is probing the arrest of a woman for calling 311 too many times.
According to the Daily News, Arles Cepeda, 67, filed a lawsuit against the NYPD in Manhattan Federal Court Friday, charging that cops wrongfully arrested her after she called 311 more than 40 times and 911 twice in a 15-month period.
However, Cepeda claimed she stopped making the calls after her 2012 arrest, but a police source said that wasn’t true.
Cepeda allegedly called the city’s 311 hotline 250 times and 911 51 times since moving into the Seward Ave building in 2011, the police source said.
Furthermore, Cepeda’s arrest in December 2012 remains a mystery.
Daily News reports:
She was handcuffed, taken to the 43rd Precinct stationhouse and kept in a holding cell for several hours before she was released with a desk appearance ticket, according to the lawsuit. Cepeda has a copy of the ticket, but she was never logged as a prisoner at the stationhouse and the DAT was never forwarded to the Bronx District Attorney’s office.
A police source said it’s unclear why Cepeda was arrested. Cepeda’s lawyer, Samuel Cohen, said IAB will interview her next week at his office. A police official confirmed the probe.
Apart from the frequent calls to cops, Cepeda’s upstairs neighbor, an 85-year-old woman with cancer, claims Cepeda might be a suspected drug dealer.
A police source said those allegations were “unfounded.”
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