False arrest suit ends with $75K plaintiff's verdict at Phila. Common Pleas Court

By Jon Campisi | Apr 11, 2014

A man who says he was falsely arrested during an encounter at the Eagle’s

football stadium in South Philadelphia three years ago has won a $75,000 jury verdict at Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court.

Harry Mims, a former resident of Silver Springs, Md. who now lives in Philadelphia, filed suit in July 2012 against Eagles Stadium Operator LLC, various security officials and a number of Philadelphia police officers over his arrest during the Eagles home opener back in 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Mims, who is in his early 30s, contended that he was arrested by cops working a plainclothes detail at the sports venue during an incident in which he inadvertently came into contact with one of the lawmen.

The officers had apparently been walking by with a handcuffed suspect at the time in an effort to eject the spectator from the stadium.

Officers alleged that Mims first interfered with one of the cops, identified as Mark Alston, also a defendant in the suit, and then resisted attempts to arrest him, the complaint stated.

Mims claimed he went on to spend two days in a jail cell before he was released on bail.

The criminal charges were ultimately dismissed against Mims by a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge.

Mims sued for false arrest, assault and battery, and malicious prosecution, records show.

The $75,000 jury award consists of only compensatory damages; no punitive damages were awarded.

Mims was represented by attorneys Jonathan James and Michael Schwartz of James, Schwartz & Associates.

The trial was presided over by Common Pleas Court Judge Shelley Robins-New.


The case ID number is 120700729.

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