Surgeon who hit cop with car wins $1.2M in excessive force lawsuit
Dr. Rachel Wellner
The cancer doctor with a God complex who claimed cops manhandled her during a spat over a parking ticket won nearly $1.2 million in an excessive force lawsuit Friday.
Dr. Rachel Wellner — a former Bronx surgeon who told officers “I’m the hero; the cops are not” when she was arrested for striking an officer’s leg with her Volvo three years ago — sued the city for $30 million claiming her civil rights were violated when a cop pushed her and grabbed her arm during a Midtown traffic stop in February 2016.
During the clash with cops, police said Wellner went on a rant about how her job saving lives made her superior to them. “I’m a doctor,” she said, according to police.”I have patients that are dying. I have to go.”
She later pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge, was sentenced to 10 days of community service — and then sued the city September 2016.
Officer Niguel Vega Vega admitted during the trial he had come into physical contact with Wellner. But it wasn’t immediately clear how the jury determined he had used excessive force or why she was awarded $1.2 million.
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The jury of six women and four men voted unanimously in Wellner’s favor but awarded her far less money than she demanded.
But that didn’t upset the defendant.
“We’re just happy they were able to see through the lies and deception of the police and were able to get to the truth of the matter,” Wellner’s lawyer, Jon Norinsberg, told The Post.
Wellner has since been fired from her job as a surgeon at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.
After she was canned, she also sued the hospital — and that case is still pending.
Via New York Post
My view: She shouldn't have been fired, after completing her community service. She's a brilliant surgeon, why should she be crucified when Trump has said and done worst things and he's still the president. It's good she won her case, she needs to go back to her job, she did not commit any offence at work. Doctors/Surgeons are exposed to stressors from emotions and situations that arise because of the type of work they do.
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