Jessica Corey files $1 million notice of claim for defamation

The previous head of the NYPD’s hate crime bureau filed a $1 million discover of declare in opposition to the town Friday, saying she was “defamed” by Mayor Eric Adams and bumped out of her job over false claims she didn’t take a report by an Asian American girl significantly, The Submit has discovered. 

Inspector Jessica Corey, a 30-year division veteran, says that her encounter with Esther Lee, who was spit on and known as a “service” in a subway final October, was mischaracterized and that she was wrongly criticized by Adams in a TV interview.

“[Corey] acquired and listened to Ms. Lee’s considerations with the utmost sensitivity,” the discover of declare asserts. 

The assault on Lee got here at a time when hate assaults in opposition to Asian Individuals had been at report highs.

However she informed ABC that when she reported the incident, a detective accused her of exaggerating and an unsympathetic Corey informed her she shouldn’t have recorded the suspect and the altercation wasn’t a hate crime. 

Jessica Corey.
Jessica Corey is a 30-year division veteran

Throughout a sit-down interview with Adams that aired partially on Feb. 16, an ABC reporter confronted Hizzoner about Lee’s allegations.

“That is the primary time somebody has come to me with considerations,” Adams informed the reporter after listening to Lee’s story.

“I don’t need a chief in that space that begins off with saying why one thing just isn’t a doable hate crime. It will be troubling to me to see if somebody just isn’t clear on the course I would like my hate crime unit to carry out. I don’t know what the criterias had been beneath different administrations, however we’ve a brand new day, and we’re going to have a brand new method.” 

That very same day, the NYPD confirmed the 58-year-old had been reassigned to a unique unit however stated it wasn’t disciplinary in nature.

Corey claims Lee inaccurately characterised what had gone down and stated Adams’ feedback had been “defamatory” and “slanderous” and made with reckless disregard for the reality. 

After studying the details of the case, Corey “patiently defined” why the assault didn’t match the definition of a hate crime, her submitting states.

Eric Adams.
“That is the primary time somebody has come to me with considerations,” Mayor Eric Adams stated.
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“That very same day, Ms. Lee despatched a textual content message to [Corey] thanking [her] for ‘taking the time to look into this’ and ‘for explaining issues to me,’” the discover of declare alleges. 

Lee additionally informed Corey her efforts had been “so enormously appreciated,” the paperwork declare. 

Corey asserts that she conferred with the NYPD’s Authorized Bureau and the Manhattan District Legal professional’s Workplace and although Lee was known as a “service,” “the details of the case didn’t meet present hate crime statutes,” the declare states. 

Typically, hate assaults may be robust to show until a suspect makes a bigoted comment through the incident or admits to police they maintain biased views in opposition to the sufferer.

Within the ABC look, Adams acknowledged it was the primary time he’d heard Lee’s story and Corey’s attorneys declare that reveals he made no effort to corroborate Lee’s story earlier than making the defamatory remarks, the information state.

“[Adams] acted with full disregard for proof and data that was available, which contradicted Ms Lee’s model of occasions, and which confirmed that [Corey] had dealt with Ms. Lee’s criticism correctly and professionally,” Corey’s attorneys wrote within the submitting. 

Corey additionally asserts she was defamed once more on Might 3 when Metropolis Council Member Julie Received stated throughout a digital assembly for the Committee on Public Security that there’s “anecdotal proof” Corey had dismissed “Asian hate crimes once they had been reported.” 

“May you please… assist me perceive why there was no disciplinary motion taken regardless of all of the outcry of Asian Individuals who’ve stated that they reported or tried to report hate crimes, they usually have been dismissed, mocked or laughed at,” Received stated through the listening to, directing her query to members of the NYPD. 

Corey claims these remarks are additionally unfaithful and in flip, she’s suffered “substantial and irreparable hurt” to her private {and professional} status.  

“Jessica Corey has had a distinguished, unimpeachable profession serving New Yorkers within the NYPD. She has acquired important reward concerning her interactions with members of the general public, together with from members of the AAPI neighborhood,” Corey’s legal professional Edward Paltzik informed The Submit. 

“Sadly, her status has been slandered by a distortion of the completely acceptable method during which she dealt with an alleged hate crime incident.”

Metropolis Corridor, Received and the NYPD didn’t return a request for remark. 

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