Marcus Gilliam Wiki – Marcus Gilliam Bio
Marcus Gilliam is a former Shake Shack manager, who was held and ‘taunted’ after the NYPD union falsely claimed he poisoned drinks; the lawsuit says
He says that police defamed him and damaged his reputation when they falsely accused him of putting a toxic substance in their drinks last year.
The New York City Shake Shack restaurant manager said he was unlawfully detained by police and “taunted” after he was falsely accused last year of poisoning three officers’ milkshakes.
His age is unclear.
Shake Shack Manager Detained By Police
When three NYPD officers complained to Marcus Gilliam last June that their Shake Shack strawberry, vanilla, and cherry milkshakes tasted off, the store manager quickly apologized and offered them vouchers.
Gilliam was shocked when, hours later, police showed up and declared his store a crime scene. The officers, he learned, had accused him of poisoning them, a claim police unions quickly echoed as fact on social media, accusing his store of intentionally poisoning them with a toxic substance “believed to be bleach.”
Even after a hospital found no signs the three officers had been poisoned, police placed Gilliam in the back of a police car, transported him to a station, and interrogated him for upward of two hours. The store manager claims in a new lawsuit.
“Throughout the interrogation, the Detectives taunted [Gilliam] about putting bleach in the milkshakes,” his lawsuit states.
Yet hours after police released Gilliam from custody at around 1:30 a.m., NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison tweeted that a “thorough investigation” determined Gilliam and his employees were innocent. “There was no criminality by shake shack [sic] employees,” he tweeted.
Marcus Gilliam’s Statement
The manager, Marcus Gilliam, is now suing members of the New York Police Department, the City of New York, and the unions that represent police and detectives. Gilliam’s lawsuit is seeking damages for alleged defamation and deprivation.
Gilliam says in the suit that the June 15, 2020 incident damaged his reputation and caused him to “suffer emotional and psychological damages.” It’s not clear if Gilliam is still employed with Shake Shack, and the company could not immediately be reached Tuesday.
The suit, filed Monday, states that the officers placed the order via a mobile application and that the drinks were packaged and waiting for them before their arrival.
“Since the orders were placed using a mobile application, and not in person, Mr Gilliam and the other Shake Shack employees could not have known that police officer had placed the order,” the lawsuit says.
Gilliam’s allegations underscore the paranoia felt last summer by some police officers, as protesters took to the streets in droves to demand systemic changes to policing in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and other killings of Black people by law enforcement personnel.