10 months, 3 weeks ago
ST. GEORGE — A Staten Island woman has sued the city claiming police entered her St. George home without a warrant, beat her family and killed her beloved pet parakeet, according to court documents.Last year, Evelyn Lugo’s bird, Tito, was thrown from his cage after it was knocked off a dresser as cops came into her Corson Avenue home, the Daily News first reported.
The officers then stepped on the bird intentionally, killing it, court documents say.
Officers also beat two of Lugo’s sons, her daughter and a family friend, the lawsuit claims.
According to court documents, police entered Lugo’s home on Sept. 2, 2012, as her family was celebrating Labor Day.
Police stopped and questioned her son Edwin Avellanet as he was outside throwing out garbage and asked for identification, the lawsuit says. When he refused to show any, officers allegedly grabbed his right arm and Avellanet broke free and ran into the building.
Officers broke windows of the home, and when Lugo opened the front door she was thrown outside by police, court papers say.
When inside, police allegedly struck Avellanet two or three times with a hard object, struck their friend in the face and threw a woman into the dresser with the bird cage on it, court documents say.
Police then allegedly pepper sprayed Lugo’s daughter and son, according to the documents.
Lugo’s son, daughter and family friend were arrested and all three were taken to Staten Island University Hospital in custody.
They were treated for multiple facial lacerations and lacerations to the head. Lugo’s daughter was also treated for an asthma attack, the court papers say.
All charges were eventually dropped and sealed by Richmond County Supreme Court, the lawsuit says.
Lugo could not be reached for comment on the story.
The city’s Law Department did not say why police entered the home last year, or what charges were lodged against the family, but said they’re reviewing the case.
“We will review the allegations in the complaint, which at this point are merely allegations,” a spokeswoman for the department said.
But what isn’t “merely allegations” is that the family was beaten up, as we can ascertain from the lacerations. And apparently there is a dead parakeet.
Look, I know what you’re thinking, but here is the scoop on the event. That parakeet could have been concealing a weapon, or worse, it could have gotten into a pecker fight (um, excuse me, I guess we would call it a bill fight) with the cops. This could have been worse than a bull terrier going after the cops. And as it stands now, at least they got to go home safely at the end of their shift.
That’s what really matters, after all. As for the parakeet, perhaps he shouldn’t have resisted arrest. All dogs and parakeets involved in police raids reflexively get shot by cops unless they roll over or run away.