A man from Royal Oak, Michigan attempted to pay a parking ticket with rolls of pennies. The court officers didn’t like that, and they allegedly responded by beating the man so badly that he defecated in his pants.
According to Royal Oak Patch, Anthony Sevy filed a lawsuit in court on Wednesday against the two court officers who he said attacked him: Philip Barach and Harold Marshall.
In February, Sevy reportedly tried to pay a $10 parking ticket with a credit card. But when he found out that using plastic would leave him with a $1.75 surcharge, he decided to use change instead, according to WJBK. His attorney Jonathan Marco called Sevy’s action a "symbolic protest."
But, the clerks didn’t like his “protest.” In fact, they allegedly didn’t accept his money and told him to leave. After an exchange of words, Sevy complied. As he was leaving, he was assaulted, according to Marco. Video footage appears to show him being attacked as his back was turned to the officers.
"As he was leaving the courthouse with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself," Marco said. "I don't think that in every day course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves.”
After being attacked, Sevy was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
Patch contacted court administrator Gary Dodge, who declined to comment. He referred the publication to attorney David Gillam, who also did not comment. Dodge did say that Barach and Marshall could not comment on the case.
Marco called what happened to his client a violation of his constitutional rights, according to WJBK.
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