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NYC Bills Dead Man for Patrol Car Damage

October 09, 2012  | 

Photo: Paul Clinton
Photo: Paul Clinton

A law firm representing New York City has dropped efforts to collect $710 from a man killed during a police pursuit who was struck by a cruiser.

In late September, Laverne Dobbinson received a letter from the law firm addressed to her son. The letter demanded that he pay $710 within 10 days for damage caused to the patrol car, which was damaged after a chase that ended when it collided with Dobbinson's son, Tamon Robinson.

The front of the car was dented during impact, reports the New York Times.

Tags: Vehicle Pursuits, NYPD, Managing a Police Fleet


Comments (5)

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Hoshi @ 10/9/2012 9:29 PM

How about they just deduct the $710 from the huge amount they will be paying to settle the lawsuit the family will probably file.

Hoshi @ 10/9/2012 9:29 PM

How about they just deduct the $710 from the huge amount they will be paying to settle the lawsuit the family will probably file.

Bob@Az. @ 10/9/2012 10:29 PM

Not bad. Just think what it would have cost to book him, take him to trial, feed, cloth and house him for 3/4 years and then start all over again as this was not his first offense. But we all know how "disrespected" the mother (?) of this criminal was by the letter. I guess he brought honor to her by his past actions. Blues, stay safe.

Firecop @ 10/10/2012 4:30 AM

I don't see anything wrong with this. We've got a guy living in my jurisdiction who the NYPD caught in a drug transaction, a gunfight ensued and he got shot. He successfully sued New York City for over a million dollars after he became a parapalegic as a result of the shooting. His family now owns a block of homes here in my town and they're doing quite well thank you. This bill sounds fair to me. Stay safe.

Vixen63 @ 10/10/2012 5:28 AM

Give me a break! She felt so "disrespected" by the letter that she had to call a press conference, yet she was completely fine with the fact that he repeatedly stole from the owners of the residence in which she lived. I'm sorry her son is dead, because I wish no sorrow on anyone; but we all knew she was going to file a lawsuit against the City for his "wrongful" death. We as a Country need to put an end to these criminals and their families getting rich off of the City when they are injured or killed during the course of committing a crime. Especially when you try to flee after being caught. Maybe then this Country won't be so doggone BROKE!!

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