Yahnick Martin Receives $50K Settlement After NYPD Conducted Stop-And-Frisk and Ruined His Christmas

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.


Yahnick Martin (pictured) got sweet reparation from the New York City Police Department after they  mistakenly slapped him with cuffs, hauled him off to jail, and had him leave his gift-filled van unattended and running on a Brooklyn street back in 2011. Now the city Law Department is reportedly forking over $50,000 to settle a federal lawsuit he filed against “New York’s finest” because the van and all of its gifts were stolen, ruining his family’s Christmas, according to the New York Daily News.

On December 23, 2011, Martin was reportedly sitting in a rented van waiting for his wife, who had dropped off a Christmas present to a friend. Martin, a real estate agent and father of three, was  smoking a cigar in his van when Officer Roman Goris and a few colleagues pulled up to his vehicle.  The “Men in Blue” claimed they smelled marijuana wafting in the air.

Goris asked Martin to exit the vehicle and patted…

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Posted on 12/12/2014, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Uncategorized, Yahnick Martin and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is almost unbelievable! Docked 8 days pay and made to pay $500 towards the settlement!! I am so happy for Mr. Martin! This should make officers think twice!


  2. I don’t care what anybody says………..50K wasn’t enough.

    And what mindyme said…….


    • Racer,
      They probably sought to reimburse him for the cost of the van rental and presents inside. Now, had he owned the van, the settlement should have been much more.


  3. chuquestaquenumber1

    As a NY resident, Mr Martin needs to have this whole matter expunged.If he goes for govt jobs.handgun licenses,even some private jobs,he’ll have to mention the false arrest.Even though the wrong was done to him,he’ll have to retell this.When he shouldn’t.


    • Chuquest, for sure! Too many human resource personnel don’t know how to read arrest records and think that “arrest” means “conviction.” Well hey! There are cyber-harassers who find an “arrest” record and present it as conviction. Ignorance is rampant.


    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Very good point, chuquest!


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