A black army veteran is suing the city after he was falsely arrested while walking his dog in a Brooklyn park after hours, and he says one of the arresting officers made racist and pro-Trump remarks to him while he was in custody.

According to a complaint filed in Brooklyn court this week, shortly after midnight on August 17th of last year, Najja Plowden, 35, was arrested in Brower Park in Crown Heights while walking his dog. The complaint says two cops in an NYPD van stopped him and began asking him about being the park after hours, even though Plowden did not see any signs about park closing times—court documents also noted that there was a white individual playing fetch with his dog near Plowden, but police ignored him.

Plowden, who lived only a few blocks from the park with his wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time, didn't have identification on him, and when cops ran his name an old (and dismissed) warrant for illegal skateboarding came up, according to the suit. The officers arrested Plowden and held him in a cell at the 77th precinct, where he remained for seven hours until being transferred to Central Booking for another ten hours, until he finally went before a judge who determined the warrant had indeed been dismissed.

Plowden was let go that day with an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, a common deal in which charges fully dismissed if the plaintiff goes six months without another arrest. But Plowden, who previously served in Afghanistan, works for the Department of Education as an occupational therapist, and according to the lawsuit the DOE database "has declared him ineligible for assignments to schools" as a result of the arrest.

More chillingly, Plowden says one of the arresting officers, Nicholas Loweth, made it clear to him that he was being racially profiled, telling him that he "had been singled out because his 'culture' is 'more problematic,' 'more violent,' 'more prone to crime,' and that he wouldn’t have been stopped and detained had he been a Caucasian individual in a park at night on the Upper East Side of Manhattan," per court papers.

Plowden, who had never been arrested before, cried in his cell. "I started to tear up because I’m a 35-year-old black man, a veteran, with no criminal record," he told the Daily News. "I said, ‘Please, do not do this. Why are you doing this?’" Court documents also claim Officer Loweth told Plowden that "Donald Trump was the best option for America because Trump would support the police and support their policing in minority neighborhoods, and would end the 'abuse of resources' such as food stamps and welfare by 'ghetto' residents." Plowden says he was repeatedly harangued with this kind of rhetoric during his time in police custody.

Plowden's attorney, Joel Berger, told Gothamist that his client was deeply hurt by the incident. "He feels terrible. He says in the [Daily News] article, he was crying in the jail cell. This is outrageous," Berger said. "He's never been in trouble before, he's 35 years old, he's a father, he's married, they recently had a child. His wife was 8 months pregnant when this happened."

Berger added that though the cop's anti-Trump tirade "is what titillates people," the actual arrest indicates a bigger problem with the NYPD. "This is just a classic example of broken windows policing gone haywire," he said. "Skateboarding in a park, walking your dog in a park at night, a park where everybody walks their dog at night, I mean, they were doing this to a totally innocent guy with no criminal record whatsoever. An army veteran, employed, middle class guy, this guy actually has a master's degree. It would be bad enough for a police officer to make all those racist comments, but when you look at what this was all about to begin with, it's really outrageous."

Plowden is suing the city, Loweth, and select NYC police officers and supervisors for an undisclosed amount. Berger told Gothamist he expects the city will settle, but that's as far as the case will go. "Nothing will be done to the officer, or at most he'll get a slap on the wrist or lose a few vacation days," Berger said. "That's what happens to most of my cases no matter how outrageous the behavior of the officer. And if we should be so lucky that they discipline him, we'll never know any of that, because they're refusing to release that information to the media these days."

The City Law Department said through a spokesperson that "the complaint will be reviewed."