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Former Sleepy Hollow Detective Files $29 Million Lawsuit

A former Sleepy Hollow police detective acquitted in two of three charges in a police brutality case has filed a lawsuit against an FBI agent and federal government for $29 million.
A former Sleepy Hollow police detective acquitted in two of three charges in a police brutality case has filed a lawsuit against an FBI agent and federal government for $29 million. Photo Credit: File Photo

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A former Sleepy Hollow police detective acquitted in two of three charges in a police brutality case has filed a lawsuit against an FBI agent and federal government for $29 million, The Journal News reported .

Quinoy says in the lawsuit an FBI agent destroyed evidence in his case, leading to him being denied a fair criminal trial, losing his job and paying several hundred thousand dollars in legal bills.

A jury found Quinoy not guilty of violating the rights of Luis Vilches in December 2006. Quinoy was also cleared of a charge that he tampered evidence from fellow Sleepy Hollow police officer Michael Hayes.

The jury could not reach a decision in regards to another charge against Quinoy. The charge stemmed from an October 2006 incident where Quinoy, prosecutors say, kicked and punched an already-handcuffed Mario Gomez after a street brawl outside of police headquarters. Prosecutors declined to retry the case.

Quinoy settled with the Village of Sleepy Hollow in June 2011 and resigned from his job. He now works as a police officer in Mount Vernon.

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