Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lawsuit Alleges Mentally Ill Coler Hospital Patient Beaten By Roosevelt Island Public Safety Dep't In May 2014 Returns Next Day To Attack Former Related Mgmt Riverwalk Condo Manager - Also, Homeless Policy Of Catch And Release On Roosevelt Island

According to the NY Daily News:

The NY Daily News reports that former Riverwalk Condo Manager for Related Management Gerard Martin alleges:
... he contacted the security force about homeless people congregating in bushes near a children's playground outside Riverwalk and for the first time, the guards asked for him to help rousting the homeless.

One homeless man — beaten by the guards with batons and dragged from the bushes — "locked eyes" with him "while muttering incoherent words,” according to the suit.

Martins thought the man was being taken into custody, but instead, was dumped on a nearby street, despite the fact that the man was wearing clothes bearing stamps from Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, according to the suit.

The man, Gerad Moses, was a mentally ill escapee from the hospital who returned to Riverwalk the next day and savagely beat Martin for up to 10 minutes before running off, the suit said....
... Martin contends that the security force's “catch and release” policy and its failure to notify the NYPD of crimes related to the homeless population created an environment where there was “insufficient security.”...
Click here for the entire NY Daily News article.

In response to my inquiry about the matter, a Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson said:
No comment other than RIOC has not received lawsuit papers.