A Brooklyn man who plans to file a harassment suit against the NYPD says officers are now targeting him. Jabbar Campbell claims he was assaulted in his apartment in January, and alleges that officers showed up again last week. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.
During a news conference Friday, Jabbar Campbell said that for the second time this year, NYPD officers illegally entered and searched his Crown Heights apartment.
"I never believed for a second that they'd break and enter my home again a second time, after they know I have a lawsuit against them," Campbell said.
It all started on January 13, when Campbell was hosting a gay pride party at his home. Campbell said officers showed up and told him to lower the music because of noise complaints.
He said he followed their orders, but eventually, he alleged that the officers assaulted him in his own home.
"During the beating itself, Officer McManis and other officers were shouting anti-gay epithets to him over and over again until he lost consciousness," said attorney Eric Subin.
Prior to entering the building, Campbell's surveillance system caught one officer turning the camera away from the entrance.
In the criminal complaint, officers said Campbell resisted arrest, tried to assault one of them and was in possession of drugs.
"I was completely outraged," Campbell said. "I was upset. I couldn't sleep."
Campbell said officers entered his home again on March 1. He wasn't home, but he said his surveillance system showed three men wearing police department jackets walk in the building's front door and enter the apartment.
"At the time, I was extremely flustered," said Dante Singleton, Campbell's roommate. "I was very confused."
"I would say more than anything it was intimidating, it was abrasive, and felt like an overall violation," said Scott Gibbs, a colleague of Campbell's.
Campbell's roommate and colleagues, who were in the apartment, said the officers placed everyone in one room, gathered IDs and searched the apartment.
They said the whole thing lasted approximately 20 minutes. Part of the search is visible in the video.
Campbell's attorney said the officers did not have a search warrant.
No one asked the officers to leave, but they did ask why they were there.
"They said that there was not a noise complaint on this particular day, but that they happened to have been in the neighborhood and thought they'd stop by," Gibbs said.
NY1 reached out to the Internal Affairs Bureau, who said the allegation is under investigation.
"I have a right to expect privacy in the comfort of my own home, and it looks like these officers don't care," Campbell said.