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Domestic Abuse Survivor Tracy McCarter Sues NYC, Police Officers over Wrongful Arrest

HeadlineNov 03, 2023

Domestic abuse survivor Tracy McCarter is suing the city of New York and five New York City police officers for wrongful prosecution over her husband’s death. Tracy McCarter, a nurse and grandmother, was holding a knife during a violent encounter with her abusive husband, who fell and impaled himself. McCarter called 911 and unsuccessfully administered first aid. NYPD officers falsely claimed she confessed to intentional homicide, and she was sent to Rikers jail to await trial on second-degree murder charges. The charges were eventually dismissed after a public pressure campaign and intervention from Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg. This is Tracy McCarter speaking at a press conference Thursday.

Tracy McCarter: “I just want for them to have accountability for all of the losses that followed. I wasn’t able to work for three years. I missed the births of my grandchildren. I couldn’t go to funerals of my grandmother, my aunt. You know, I lost a lot. And only 10 days before the trial was set to start, the charges were dismissed, even though I know the prosecutor knows that they didn’t have a case.”

Click here to see our interview with Tracy McCarter.

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