PHILADELPHIA — A family is suing Mychael Althouse, Mavis Discount Tires, Police Officer William Summerfield, an unnamed police officer and Hatfield Township, citing alleged violation of their civil rights and false arrest.
Robert Jackson Sr., Robert Jackson Jr. and Maxine Pride filed a complaint Aug. 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
According to the complaint, on Aug. 18, 2016, the plaintiffs' rights and liberty were allegedly violated, resulting in severe emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment and damages to their reputations because the manager of Mavis Tires suspected that a valid credit card and identification that the plaintiffs presented for the purchase of tires were fraudulent.
Additionally, the plaintiffs claim the tire shop called the Hatfield Police in an attempt to have them arrested.
The plaintiffs said the defendants allegedly failed to have probable cause, reasonable suspicion or any other basis to arrest or detain them.
The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment in an amount in excess of $150,000, plus costs, attorney's fees, interest and further relief as the court deems just. They are represented by Martin Stanshine of Stanshine & Sigal PC in Philadelphia.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 18-cv-03287