$540M suit over bust rips NYPD
By LEONARD GREENE, NY Post
A Queens man was falsely arrested on orders from an NYPD sergeant in retaliation for testifying against the cop's girlfriend -- and suffered a stroke while in custody after he was ignored for hours, according to a bombshell $540 million lawsuit filed yesterday.
Gerardo Mayol was asked by his landlord to testify against neighbor Jessica Varney in her eviction case in January 2009.
Varney, 24, threatened to get back at Mayol if he ratted on her -- and a month after his testimony, two officers, ordered by Varney's boyfriend, Sgt. Robert Ellington, came in the middle of the night to nab him on a bogus charge of stalking her, the Brooklyn federal suit alleges.
Once in a holding cell at the 104th Precinct station house, Mayol, 59, complained that he had to use the bathroom and Ellington responded, "Shut the f- - - up! I'll put my f- - -ing foot up your ass," according to the suit, which names the NYPD, the city, Varney and Ellington.
Later, Mayol experienced feeling shortness of breath and numbness, but cops didn't call an ambulance until after he collapsed, said his lawyer, Joseph Tacopina.
All charges were eventually dropped against Mayol -- who still slurs his words and walks unsteadily.