Certain & Zilberg, PLLC
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New York, New York 10017
TEL. 212.687.7800
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MARQUEZ CASE PRESS  RELEASE(3)
Contact: Sanya Knight                                                                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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VICTIM’S RESPONSE TO INDICTMENT OF YONKERS POLICE OFFICER WHO BEAT HER UNCONSCIOUS

August 19, 2008

On behalf of Irma Marquez and her family we are very pleased with the Federal Grand Jury indictment of Officer Simoes. The United States Attorney’s Office and the Grand Jurors should be commended for taking a stand against police brutality when Mayor Amicone and the Yonkers Police Department willfully chose to ignore the obvious. We hope that this indictment will pressure the Yonkers Police Department to take immediate action to terminate Officer Simoes.

To schedule an interview, or obtain more information, email Certain & Zilberg, PLLC at info@certainlaw.com or call Sanya Knight at 212.687.7800 x255.

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Certain & Zilberg, PLLC
535 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, New York 10017
TEL. 212.687.7800
fax 212.687.0690

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Contact: Sanya Knight                                                                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. 212.687.7800 x255
Email: info@certainlaw.com

June 27, 2008

VICTIM’S RESPONSE TO ARREST OF YONKERS POLICE OFFICER WHO BEAT HER UNCONSCIOUS

On behalf of Irma Marquez we are extremely pleased by the investigation, arrest and criminal civil rights prosecution of Police Officer Wayne Simoes by the United States Distinct Attorney and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It is a major step forward in addressing an alarming pattern of misconduct within the Yonkers Police Department.   

In the past, the repeated failures to take action by Westchester District Attorney DiFiore, the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Police Department Internal Affairs Division have further endangered the public by creating an environment in which certain members of the Yonkers Police Department believed that they were operating above the law and without consequences.

It is hoped that this prosecution will cause District Attorney DiFiore, the City of Yonkers and the Yonkers Police Department Internal Affairs Division to take action where they have previously chosen to look the other way despite being aware of a disquieting pattern of misconduct by Yonkers police officers.  

To schedule an interview, or obtain more information, email Certain & Zilberg, PLLC at info@certainlaw.com or call Sanya Knight at 212.687.7800 x255.

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Certain & Zilberg, PLLC
535 Fifth Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, New York 10017
TEL. 212.687.7800
fax 212.687.0690

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Contact: Sanya Knight                                                                                                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. 212.687.7800 x255
Email: info@certainlaw.com

POLICE OFFICER WHO BEAT WOMAN UNCONSCIOUS,

THEN ARRESTED HER, sUED IN FEDERAL COURT

Yonkers Jury Acquitted Woman of All Charges in Early May

A Federal Civil Rights lawsuit was filed this week against a Yonkers police officer who arrested a 44 year-old home health aid after having beaten her unconscious.  The violent attack, captured entirely on surveillance video, resulted in the hospitalization of Irma Marquez with a fractured jaw, concussion, two black eyes and facial lacerations, as well as bruises and swelling over her neck, torso and numerous other parts of her body.  The video tape, which was reviewed by the Westchester County District Attorney Office’s, clearly demonstrates the officer lifting Ms. Marquez off her feet and driving her face first into the ceramic tile floor of the restaurant where the incident occurred.  District Attorney Janet DiFiore proceeded with the unjust prosecution of the victim of this brutal attack rather than charge the perpetrating officer.

Ms. Marquez was accosted by police when she leaned over to get a better view of the medical assistance being provided to her niece who was earlier rendered unconscious when struck by another unapprehended assailant while patronizing the La Fonda Restaurant at 57 Palisade Avenue, Yonkers, New York on March 3, 2007.  Police Officer Wayne Simoes slammed Ms. Marquez to the floor then handcuffed and charged the unconscious and seriously injured woman with Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct.  On May 9, 2008 a jury acquitted Ms. Marquez of all charges.

“If anyone other than a police officer was caught on tape doing what Officer Simoes did to Irma Marques they would have rightfully been arrested and prosecuted,” said Gary T. Certain, Esq., of Certain & Zilberg, PLLC, attorneys for Ms. Marquez.  Mr. Certain, who represented  Irma Marques in the criminal case, and filed the Federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York, added, “This case suggests that Janet DiFiore’s Office may not be capable of honestly prosecuting egregious police misconduct.”

AVAILABLE MATERIALS (available by private url www.certainlaw.com/marquez or VIA EMAIL or ON CD-ROM)

·        GRAPHIC INJURY PHOTOGRAPHS

·        POLICE ASSAULT VIDEO

·        THE FEDERAL COMPLAINT

To obtain copies of the visual materials, schedule an interview, or obtain more information, email Certain & Zilberg, PLLC at info@certainlaw.com or call Sanya Knight at 212.687.7800 x255.

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MARQUEZ - YONKERS POLICE BRUTALITY CASE

MEDIA MATERIALS:

 

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ASSAULT VIDEO
 

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FEDERAL COMPLAINT