Former St. Lucian cop wrongfully arrested in New York for dealing drugs

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Former St. Lucian cop wrongfully arrested in New York for dealing drugs
Clendan Charlemagne
Clendan Charlemagne
Clendan Charlemagne

(CBS) — Police said he was a drug dealer, he told them from the start that they were wrong, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

Clendan Charlemagne, 64, a security guard and father of four said he ‘s broke and emotionally traumatized after being wrongly accused of selling drugs to an undercover NYPD officer.

“I live in hell that day when it happened, I thought I was living in a nightmare. To see that I’m arrested for something I didn’t do at all,” he said.

Charlemagne, a former police officer in St. Lucia, said the nightmare began in June.

He was working security for DHL at JFK Airport when police busted into his Far Rockaway apartment with a warrant to search for drugs. His wife and children were home.

“They smashed the door down. They hit her in the eye with the door, her left eye. They push her with the kid. She had a baby on the shoulder at the time, and they cuffed my 14-year-old, my stepson,” he said, speaking exclusively with CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez.

Cops found nothing, but three months later, police returned and arrested Charlemagne. He was accused of selling drugs to an undercover cop three times at this public housing building in Far Rockaway.

“I said that’s not me, they had the wrong, you know, the wrong guy. That’s not me at all. I don’t do drugs,” he said.

Charlemagne was released on his own recognizance, but his security license was suspended because of the charges, so he couldn’t work his two security jobs.

His boss, former NYPD detective Bob Watts told investigators he had surveillance video and signed time sheet records proving Charlemagne was at work when police claim he was selling drugs.

“He worked four to midnight, he could not be in Far Rockaway. And they said things like he probably went on his lunch break, and I said listen to me, he gets a half hour. You can’t even get to Far Rockaway in a half hour at 5 o’clock at night,” Watts said.

Nevertheless it took the district attorney 6 months to finally clear Charlemagne of all charges.

He’s hired an attorney and filed a claim against the city, the Queens District Attorney, and the NYPD.

“This is a misidentification that resulted in the terrorization of not only my client, but his entire family,” his attorney said.

CBS2 was still waiting on a response from the Queens DA’s office. The New York City law department, speaking on behalf of the city and the NYPD, said it’s reviewing Charlemagne’s claim.

His security guard license was just reinstated so he is working for DHL again, but he’s moved his entire family to Rhode Island.

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  1. That is why it is important to weed out the Rouge cops out of the police Departmentstop turning a bling eye.Because these cops was about to do a number on you.But they should have dug two Graves because they are in deep shit,just make sure when you dealing with the New York City Judicial System you have an Ateam lawyer these son of bitches dont play fair.They try to take another black man down.Its a smart and safe idea to move.But the son of a bitches can find people they have Moles and in formats all around i would move out of NY completely.God is a great God you have angels walking with you,because many never escape the hands of the Vipers.Good luck in your plight and you have some money coming,You must sue to teach them a lesson God blesd you and your family.

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  2. That's why you have to go easy on people you suspect, it can easily be you my brother. Think of all the others that may be trapped in a judicial system that cannot justify anything? Worst of all we want to reinstate the death penalty in a questionable justice system in a country with high information illiteracy. We ignore a fundamental moral maxim that is central to all judicial systems which is, it is better to save one innocent life than to be successful at condemning 5 guilty ones. Do we have that kind of humility and compassion within us?

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    • Whut? Better to save one and let five walk free to kill twenty more people? No. Judicial systems have been imprisoning innocent people from day one but many more criminals have been prevented from destroying society.

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  3. these people was just using that as a tactic to have him deported. you see how innocent people getting used and abused by the police. smh go and see that same thing that happend with buju banton (maybe)

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  4. Mucho sympathy my brother. This is America, that is what make them GREAT. They know how to harass and intimidate. Unfortunately they can't stop it runs in their blood. This is what their fathers -people who came- did to the local Indians and black people. Guess you know why they are so happy with the Trump. However, it's great to know you are free. I have had my mistaken identity case with them also.

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  5. I wonder if he got a flash back of him wrongfully arresting and subsequently getting a person convicted..they say "sa ou feir sa ou weir"....yes in america they see all blacks as drug dealer but in st.lucia they see all ras as criminals.you never knew your medicine was so bitter!

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  6. Not Clendon that would do something like that. I have known him from childhood and always been an upright guy. In America once you are black, you can be framed. Thank God you are cleared . Take their money and take a long cruise, come home to Jade Mountain hotel and relax your mind for a while.

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  7. This is my former police friend who has assisted me in many many police raids and wrong doing, he was a good cop at the time and if he learned anything i taught him he would never turn. Your good old friend and partner x pc 170 damaze private investigator is still here if you should need me good luck.

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  8. I'm not surprised always wrongly arresting black men . They can't even perform an identity parade by arresting my causin which I don't know I'm from the uk and my eyes are always on america . They did that to deport him but he is legal . I'm with you don't let them take your moral down with racism.

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  9. Sue the crap out of those clowns. The hidden story behind many of these cases, is how much money people spend clearing their names. Don't forget the shame and stress that goes with it.

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  10. Hey these things happens all the time ,but thanks God you got your reputation back and your job I hope you get 1.5 million that would be even better,am a Charlemagne to we never give up,blessings to you and your family in Jesus name Amen,

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  11. Some of these police just like to embrass people an some of the laws just stink..but I'm happy to know that u are cleared ..so do what u have to do now for the damage they cost u an family..God dont like ugly..God bless u an family

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  12. Wow.I feel your pain bro.They were out to finish you but God is good. Fight a good fight.

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