Taylor claims two Newark police officers stopped her on the street last March and took her into custody while calling her derogatory names. She also claims she was frisked in an intrusive manner and then let go without being charged.
The suit contends Taylor was charged with littering and disorderly conduct only after she filed a complaint against the department. The charges were dismissed.
The lawsuit alleges harassment, false arrest and unlawful search.
Newark police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.