Erica Noonan, 31, is suing the city and Police Officer Carlos Becker, who's accused of pulling her over because he found her attractive, using a cell phone to video tape her rear end while she was handcuffed at a precinct, and pressuring her into a date by promising to clear up her case. The lawsuit also names a slew of other violations.
BY DANIEL BEEKMAN
The Bronx woman wooed by a hot-to-trot NYPD highway cop during and after her drunk-driving arrest sued the officer and the city Thursday for $150 million.
Erica Noonan, 31, says Police Officer Carlos Becker pulled her over on Fordham Road on March 11, 2013, because he found her attractive, videotaped her rear end with his cell phone while she was handcuffed at a police precinct and then pressured her into a date by promising to clear up her case.
“I’m going to talk to the district att on Monday,” Becker, 31, wrote in one of hundreds of text messages he sent her, according to the Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit. “Let’s just hang. I gotta get u in a better mood.”
During the March 24 date, Becker ordered Noonan a drink that made her feel groggy, she says.
She woke up in the officer’s bed the next morning with a black eye and almost no memory of the night, according to her
Noonan says Becker used his power and status as a cop to lure her into the romantic rendezvous.
“I am deeply saddened and hurt by the acts of Officer Becker against me,” she said. “It is my sincere hope that the NYPD takes measures to ensure that another citizen is not violated, as I was, at the hands of a police officer.”
Noonan’s lawsuit accuses the officer and the city of excessive force, negligent training, assault, battery, false arrest, rape, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of authority, harassment and other violations.
“We will review the lawsuit,” a city Law Department spokesman said.
Noonan’s DWI charge was dropped last week, her lawyer Stephen Drummond said.
Becker was cleared in December of misdemeanor official misconduct in connection with Noonan’s arrest when a Bronx judge ruled that the cop’s videotaping of the woman’s backside was reprehensible but not an unauthorized use of a police function.
The judge said the officer committed several other acts that could have been characterized as misconduct but let Becker walk because Bronx prosecutors had built their case around the filming incident.
The lawyer who represented the cop in his criminal case declined to comment Thursday. Becker himself couldn’t immediately be reached. The NYPD didn’t respond to questions about Becker’s status.
“Police officers are entrusted with the solemn duty to protect and serve the public,” said Drummond. “Here Officer Becker abused that trust by placing his personal desire about his oath, and for that he and the NYPD must be held accountable.”