City Settles False Arrest Case of Married Grandmother

New York has settled a case were a Brooklyn grandmother who was walking to a hospital after an asthma attack was arrested for prostitution. Monica Gonzalez, 41, will receive $35,000.

What is most striking about this story is that the arresting officer, Sean Spencer, has been accused of abuses in at least four lawsuits and the city has already paid $80,000 to victims in those cases.

There is also a question of false statements filed by Spencer. He reportedly reported that Gonzalez beckoned to three men in the park and that he was aware that she was a known prostitute who had been previously arrested for solicitation. She had never been arrested on prostitution charges.

I view $35,000 as a tad low for such an abusive arrest, but I am unfamiliar with the range of prior such awards for Brooklyn.

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64 thoughts on “City Settles False Arrest Case of Married Grandmother”

  1. Commenters: What does the grandmother’s age have to do with anything? For the sake of argument, say she got married at 19 or 20 and had a little girl who grew up, got married at 19 or 20 and had a little girl. A young grandma. There was a time not too long ago when women did marry before they were 25 and have children before they were 40.

  2. What if your father married your sister, then divorced her, came out of the closet and married your cousin Billybob. Could they all still go cross border shopping?

  3. Speaking of evolution,

    “With respect to evolution and culture, here’s a case in point: Harmful mutations are often recessive, and so both parents must pass on the gene in order for the disease to show up in offspring. And while natural selection has supported outbreeding (breeding with people other than close relatives), culture hasn’t always followed suit. Across the globe, about 10 percent of spouses are second cousins or closer, the researchers say, with the prevalence ranging from 1 percent to 50 percent in different cultures.
    The inbreeding can cause recessive genes that should only have a small effect on mortality to have a much larger impact.” [emphasis added]

    That sure explains the Bush family.

    From: Ongoing Evolution May Explain Mysterious Rise in Diseases

  4. “Because the way its worded it is ambiguous therefore leaves room to wiggle.”

    No, there’s no ambiguity in the answer and there are not multiple answers.

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