Read: Eric Garner filed a Civil Rights Lawsuit against the NYPD in 2007


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On September 1st, 2007, seven years before an NYPD Officer would choke Eric Garner to death, he filed a civil complaint against NYPD Officer William Owens, the City of New York, and the NYPD over an  incident in which he was illegally strip searched near his home.  

In the complaint, Eric describes how the officer, in the middle of the street, inserted his fingers up Eric Garner's rectum and made Eric pull his underwear completely down while he "searched" around Eric's testicles.

In the section where it asks Eric what injuries he sustained, he details what the encounter did to injure his "manhood". See the entire complaint below.



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