New Jersey man Ramon Rodriguez accuses NYPD of harassing him

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A New Jersey man claims that he's being targeted and abused by officers of the NYPD's 52nd Precinct. A New Jersey man claims that he's being targeted and abused by officers of the NYPD's 52nd Precinct.
THE BRONX -

A New Jersey man claims that he's being targeted and abused by officers of the NYPD's 52nd Precinct.

Ramon Rodriguez says he regularly visits the Bronx to see family, especially his grandmother.

But he keeps getting pulled over, and he insists he's not doing anything wrong. The NYPD says his slew of violations will be handled in traffic court and that Rodriguez is also facing charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.

He says he has asked police what the probable cause was to pull him over and has been told it was the smell of marijuana.

"Sir, how do you smell marijuana from your car, on the opposite side of the street?" Rodriguez asks. He also denies that there was any smell of marijuana to begin with.

On another occasion, he says he was pulled over for a broken brake light. But he has a photograph that he claims was taken at the same time, which shows the functioning light.

And on another occasion, he says an officer handed him a ticket with a phallus drawn on it. The NYPD says that particular incident is under internal review, but denies having a phallic drawing on its copy of the ticket.

"It's getting out of hand," he says. "It's ridiculous, and I'm tired of it."

Manuel Gomez, a private investigator who Rodriguez hired, says such police abuse is ongoing in the Bronx.

"People are being wrongfully stopped and targeted," he says. 

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