The lawsuit, filed on Nov. 2 in the Southern District of New York, names four NYPD officers and an investigator from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
McCarter’s arrest followed the death of her estranged husband, James Murray, in March 2020. The lawsuit details a history of abuse, with Murray struggling with alcoholism and physically assaulting McCarter.
The lawsuit alleges that officers handcuffed McCarter shortly after the incident and claimed she confessed to stabbing Murray. The alleged confession formed the basis for a second-degree murder charge.
Despite body camera footage showing McCarter in distress, pleading for help, and refuting the confession claim, the charge stood.
In August 2023, McCarter learned that Google had provided prosecutors access to information about the advocacy email account, StandWithTracy, without notifying her. The lawsuit alleges that the search warrant, obtained in December 2021, was based on false information from NYPD members.
The Intercept’s review of the Civilian Complaint Review Board database revealed previous complaints against the named officers, including instances of use of force, abuse of authority, and filing inaccurate reports.
“The legislature actually prevents the accountability necessary in a just society to stop these abuses of power.”