Judge okays race lawsuit against NYPD

April 3, 2008 8:46:23 AM PDT
A mother claiming police found her daughter slow because she's black will get to tell her story in court. U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon did not address Elle Carmichael's allegations, but the judge said the city's arguments for throwing out the case were off-base.

Carmichael reported her 21-year-old daughter, Romona Moore, missing on April 25th, 2003. Police closed the case the next day, citing there was nothing they could do. The mother persuaded police to reopen the case April 28th. But Carmichael's court complaint says the detective repeatedly suggested her daughter - a Hunter College honors student - was "probably off somewhere with a boyfriend."

In fact, Moore had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted. She was murdered on April 28th in the basement of a Brooklyn home. Police found her body about two weeks later.

Troy Hendrix and Kayson Pearson were convicted of murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy in Moore's death.

Carmichael believes police have been quicker to look for white women who vanished.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that officers did a thorough investigation that led to another victim, who helped break the case.