Acquitted man to sue NYC police

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Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A man who spent 24 years in prison over a 1989 murder before being acquitted following a retrial is suing police, saying detectives mishandled the investigation.

Derrick Deacon is seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed against the city.

Deacon was convicted over the 1989 shooting death of a teenager during a robbery in an apartment complex in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

H e was granted a new trial in 2012 after one witness recanted and an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the person who shot 16-year-old Anthony Wynn.

It took a jury nine minutes to acquit Deacon in 2013.

His lawyer, Earl Ward, said the case reflects “gross misconduct” by detectives.

Deacon also has an ongoing 25 million dollar (£16 million) lawsuit against the state.

The city law department made no immediate comment.

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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