Man arrested for possession of Viagra wins $22G lawsuit against city

Man arrested for possession of Viagra wins $22G lawsuit against city

This lawsuit settlement was a quickie.

The city has agreed to pay $22,500 to a Brooklyn man who was arrested for criminal possession of a Viagra pill — which is not a crime.

Earl McLeod, 33, filed a lawsuit less than four months ago and the case reached a climax Tuesday without even the briefest of encounters between lawyers in Brooklyn Federal Court.

Officer David Esparragoza of the 79th Precinct had claimed he observed McLeod drop a bottle that was labeled “Ibuprofen” on the ground during a traffic stop last February. The bottle actually contained a single Viagra pill, which is not a controlled substance as the cop wrongly charged in a criminal complaint.

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“It may sound like a joke, but 24 hours behind bars in New York City is a miserable experience that far too many people endure based on the whim of an ignorant police officer,” McLeod’s lawyer, Nicholas Mindicino, told the Daily News.

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