Doctor who illegally parked her car and tussled with a cop when she became belligerent causing him to slap her around a bit was just awarded over $1 million.
She HIT the cop with her car!!
Maybe it’s time to publish the names of jurors who make these awards.
Rachel Wellner, 43, initially filed a $30 million suit against the city, claiming her civil rights were violated when an officer allegedly pushed her and grabbed her arm during a traffic stop in Midtown, three years ago.
Wellner had illegally parked her Volvo over a crosswalk to dash into a store in February 2016. When she returned, she saw police issuing her a parking ticket and reportedly became confrontational.
According to a police report, she told the officers: ‘I’m a doctor. I have patients that are dying. I’m the hero, the cops are not. I don’t accept the summons. I have to go.’
The Ivy-League educated doctor then attempted to flee the scene but struck one of the officer’s legs with her car.
She was placed in handcuffs and later escorted to the police station where she pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
However, shortly afterwards she filed the lawsuit against the NYPD, claiming the officers had been both verbally and physically abusive to her. In the suit, Wellner said she fled the scene because she feared for her life.
At Friday’s trial, Officer Niguel Vega admitted that he had come into physical contact with Wellner, but denied using excessive force.
Wellner’s attorney repeatedly questioned the officer ‘but didn’t you touch her breast?’ He denied the allegation.
The jury of six women and four men voted unanimously in favor of Wellner, but awarded her far less money than she initially requested.
It’s not immediately clear how the jury determined Vega had used excessive force.
‘We’re just happy they were able to see through the lies and deception of the police and were able to get to the truth of the matter,’ Wellner’s lawyer, Jon Norinsberg, told The New York Post.
Wellner was fired from her job as a cancer surgeon at the Montefiore Einstein Center shortly after her arrest.
Following her dismissal she also filed a lawsuit against the Bronx-based hospital, claiming they ‘manufactured a false pretextual reason to terminate’ her employment.
The real reason, she claims in the suit, is that she suffered a Lyme disease flare-up that required her to take time off work – irking her employers.
The lawsuit is seeking an undisclosed amount and the case is still pending.