Queens man sues NYPD after he gets arrested for violating dead mother’s restraining order

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jun 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-14 14:23:44-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — A grieving son from Queens is suing the NYPD after he said they arrested him for violating his deceased mother’s restraining order, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

In the bizarre lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal court Thursday, 27-year-old Anthony Ryan claims he was jailed on March 13 for infringing his dead mother’s order of protection after he was called to the scene by NYPD detectives to identify her body.

According to the medical examiner, Caroline Ryan’s death on March 3 was the result of an accidental intake of alcohol and medication she was taking for a severe illness.

Despite being called to the scene, Ryan’s sister ultimately handled their mother’s identification but that didn’t prevent cops from pursuing the Queens man, the lawsuit claims.

It was nearly 2 weeks later when cops arrested Ryan at his workplace in Astoria for allegedly violating the order. After 10 hours in police custody, Ryan said he was released without meeting a judge.

“I think he was more concerned with arresting me,” Ryan told the News, referring to the NYPD detective who was handling his deceased mother’s case, and had called him to identify the body.

The mother and son reportedly had a combative relationship with a string of violent incidents in past years, prompting  Caroline Ryan to file an order of protection against her son.

Ryan’s complaint against the NYPD is seeking unspecified monetary damages for false arrest and unlawful imprisonment.

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