MEDIA ADVISORY For Saturday, November 21, 2020: Lauren P. Raysor Files Complaint on Behalf of Mount Vernon Resident Who Was Falsely Arrested in Case of Mistaken Identity

Who:      Attorney Lauren P. Raysor, Esq., Principal, Lauren P. Raysor, Attorney at Law

Gordon Tarrant, Ms. Raysor’s client

Members of Mr. Tarrant’s family

 

What:     Lauren P. Raysor, Esq., Principal, Lauren P. Raysor, Attorney at Law, will hold a press conference to announce that she has filed a complaint on behalf of Gordon Tarrant, a Mount Vernon resident. The complaint alleges that Mr. Tarrant was falsely arrested in a case of mistaken identity, but was prosecuted anyway.

On the morning of April 26, 2018, Mr. Tarrant was in his Mount Vernon apartment when he heard a loud pounding at the door. He looked out the window and saw officers from the City of Mount Vernon and Westchester County Police Departments. They identified themselves as “parole, probation and pardon services,” although the Plaintiff was not on parole or probation. As he answered the door, officers threw him against the wall, handcuffed him and arrested him without a warrant.

After being searched twice, Mr. Tarrant was transported to the Mount Vernon Police Station and booked on charges of Bail Jumping in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. He spent seven hours in jail before appearing in court.

After his arrest, the Plaintiff received documentation about his arrest containing the wrong address and date of birth. Over the course of many years, Mr. Tarrant appeared in court approximately 20 times before the charges were dismissed.

The Plaintiff is seeking damages for violations of his civil and constitutional rights, physical and emotional pain and suffering and loss of liberty.

 

When:     Saturday, November 21, 2020

11 a.m.

 

Where:   Lauren P. Raysor, Attorney at Law

Roosevelt Professional Building, 11 West Prospect Avenue

Mount Vernon, NY

 

Directions: From I-95 N: Take Exit 9 to Hutchinson Pkwy N. Stay on Hutchinson Pkwy. N. and take Exit 12 toward East Lincoln Ave./Mount Vernon/Pelham. Turn left onto First Ave., then another left onto 84/Lincoln Ave. After 0.4 mile, take another left onto Darwood Pl. Go 0.2 mile, then go right onto E. Sidney Ave. Make a left onto Gramatan Ave., then a right onto W. Prospect Ave. Law office is on the right-hand side.

 

Photo Ops: Ms. Raysor joined by Mr. Tarrant and his family.

 

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About Lauren P. Raysor

Lauren P. Raysor is an attorney concentrating in personal injury, civil rights, bankruptcy, matrimonial and family law. She has litigated numerous cases over the years, taking more than 35 cases to verdict and has argued before the Appellate Division in the case of Makeda Barnes Joseph v. Universal Music Group. She served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Mount Vernon, where she was in charge of the city’s Law Department. Ms. Raysor is currently outside counsel for the New York State Dormitory Authority, and served as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Upper Manhattan Region, outside counsel to the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and counsel at a Wall Street law firm.