“I lost the love for this job after seeing how dirty they are,” Stokes, 40, told The Post.
It started as just another police DWI stop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side — a gold, two-seater Audi with three people crammed inside, including a driver who reeked of booze
“I wouldn’t even want my kids to be a cop anymore,” said the dad of seven, who has filed a notice of claim alerting the city he intends to sue it, the NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney for $100 million.
On the day he pulled over the Audi, Stokes was a decorated, 12-year veteran, a “training officer” who taught new cops the ropes at the 7th Precinct.
In legal papers, Stokes says the NYPD has orchestrated a campaign of revenge against him, including a harrowing Internal Affairs sting, a demotion and the leaking of false accusations that he was a dirty cop — all, he says, because he arrested a well-connected drunk.
But when Officer Joseph Stokes pulled over the fancy sports car at 5 a.m. on April 19, 2018 — and the driver allegedly spat out, “I’m going to make you f–king pay!” and flashed phone photos of himself with top police brass, including then-Commissioner James O’Neill — the cop’s life was forever changed.