A staffer fired by Gov. David Paterson amid abuse allegations almost a decade ago is now the Brooklyn Borough President’s aide — and mentioned in a new lawsuit from a disabled woman who says she was forcibly removed from the politician’s parking spot.
David Johnson, an aide working under Borough President Eric Adams’ special adviser, recently surfaced in the federal lawsuit filed by Juliet Dietrich, a grandmother and former corrections officer. Dietrich claims that Johnson and a city worker ordered her to move her car from a parking space reserved for “authorized vehicles only — Borough President.”
Dietrich says her handicapped permit means she is legally entitled to park there.
In her lawsuit, filed Monday, she alleges that the city worker, Department of Citywide Administrative Service Special Officer Charles Parker, dragged her from her Ford Explorer, slapped her in handcuffs and helped throw her in jail.
Johnson, who she claims initiated the run-in, did not immediately return calls. He is not named as a defendant in the suit.
A spokesman for Adams said Tuesday that Dietrich ran over someone’s foot during the parking space dispute. Dietrich has denied that.
Adams on Wednesday defended his decision to hire Johnson, saying he is “a strong proponent of the power of second chances.”
“We hired David Johnson because he has significant legislative experience at the highest level of state government, and a strong track record of service to our borough, city, and state,” Adams said in a written statement. “Very few black men ever reach the same level of government experience as David Johnson, and he has played a vital role in my office in moving Brooklyn forward.”