Man stopped 21 times speaks to EWN

February 25, 2009 3:14:44 PM PST
For the first time, we are hearing from the man who says he has been stopped 21 times and searched by police in the subways.The New York Civil Liberties union has filed a lawsuit on his behalf.

On Wednesday, he sat down with Eyewitness News reporter Sandra Bookman.

Jangir Sultan, a hospital manager from Brooklyn, says there is no way that subway searches are random after he says he's been pulled aside nearly two dozen times.

According to the lawsuit, Sultan, who was born in Kasmir, say the the odds being stopped randomly 21 times is one in 165 million.

Sultan says he has no objections to the NYPD searching bags on the subway, which started in 2005 in response to bombings in London.

But after he was stopped for the 13th time, he began reporting the incidents to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Sultan has since filed eight complaints with the board.

The Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on Sultan's behalf, seeking damages and monitoring of the NYPD.


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