NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters Legal) - Police in Nassau
County, New York, slammed a 90-year-old man to the floor,
pushed his face across the carpet and arrested him without
cause last year, his son said in a lawsuit on Friday.
Nicholas Sciortino sued for assault and battery, unlawful
use of excessive force and the infliction of emotional distress
on his father, who has since died, and claimed $100 million in
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli said the county had
not yet been served with a copy of the complaint but would
mount a vigorous defense.
Officers Salvatore Curcio and Frank Pelo were responding to
a call at the Harbor House/Oyster Bay Manor Assisted Living
facility in January, 2010, when the incident took place,
according to the complaint.
Employees at the facility in Oyster Bay, New York, had
found Michael Sciortino, who suffered from dementia, with a
bleeding cut on his wrist. When he refused to let them bandage
the injury, the employees called the police, the suit said.
Immediately on entering Sciortino's room, one of the
officers struck Sciortino in the face with three towels, and an
officer slammed Sciortino's face into his mattress repeatedly.
"After he was handcuffed, defendants Curcio and Pelo
slammed Mr. Sciortino (to) the floor," it said. They then
pushed his face "across the floor causing rug burns to his
face." While he was on the floor, the officers beat him until
his nose bled, it said.
The lawsuit seeks $80 million in compensatory damages and
$20 million in punitive damages along with attorney's fees and
The case is Sciortino v. County of Nassau, U.S. District
Court, Eastern District of New York, No. 11-cv-1884.
For Sciortino: Frederick Brewington of the Law Offices of
Frederick K. Brewington.
For the defendants: Not immediately available.
(Reporting by Terry Baynes of Reuters Legal)