A Bronx woman is suing the city claiming that an NYPD officer coerced her into a date, drugged her, raped her, and left her with a black eye. The Daily News reports that Erica Noonan, 31, claims in her $150 million lawsuit that Office Carlos Becker pulled her over for drunk-driving in March 2013; he allegedly videotaped her butt while she was in custody, then pressured her into a date by promising to help with her case. When they went on that date about two weeks later, she woke up the next day in his bed with a black eye and little memory of how she got there.
Becker, 31, allegedly sent Noonan hundreds of texts during this time, including one in which he said he would "talk to the district att" about her arrest. She claims Becker ordered her a drink at the date that made her feel groggy, and he told her she had somehow given herself the black eye. "It is my sincere hope that the NYPD takes measures to ensure that another citizen is not violated, as I was, at the hands of a police officer," she wrote in the suit.
You can see some of their text messages below:
HIM: I say let's get waisted (sic) and laugh all night Date : 03/15/2013 08:35:56 am HIM: WE SHOULD GO TO ATLANTIC. CITY AND GAMBLE Date : 03/15/2013 11:55:22 am HER: Hahaha!!! U are crazy!!!! Date : 03/15/2013 11:58:51 am HIM: I'm spontaneous. I'm trying to do something nice to take ur mind off of things. Date : 03/15/2013 12:00:46 pm HER: I am gonna be suspended from work without pay Date : 03/16/2013 12:32:00 pm HIM: How do u know? Date : 03/16/2013 12:33:01 pm HER:Union rep Date : 03/16/2013 12:36:41 pm HIM: I'm going to talk to the district att on Monday Date : 03/16/2013 12:37:48 pm HIM: Don't worry I got u Date : 03/16/2013 12:38:03 pm HIM: All of this talking now I seriously need to go out Date : 03/16/2013 03:52:11 pm HER:What r u thinkin Date : 03/16/2013 05:53:16 pm HIM: Let's just hang. I gotta get u in a better mood Date : 03/16/2013 05:53:59 pm
Becker had been charged with misdemeanor official misconduct for the arrest, and the judge acknowledged that he committed several other acts that could have been characterized as misconduct; but he got off because, as the News put it, "the cop’s videotaping of the woman’s backside was reprehensible but not an unauthorized use of a police function." Noonan's DWI charge was eventually dropped completely.
Noonan is accusing the officer and the city of excessive force, negligent training, assault, battery, false arrest, rape, libel, malicious prosecution, abuse of authority, harassment and other violations.