Philadelphia resident blames police, city for conviction that was reversed

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia man, citing federal rights violations, is suing the city and police officers claiming false arrest that led to his imprisonment.

Michael Hasty filed a complaint on Aug. 7, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against the city of Philadelphia, Reginald Graham, Barry Clahar, et al, city of the First Class of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and police officers.

According to the lawsuit, Hasty spent nearly three years in prison before his conviction was reversed.

He claims false arrest and malicious prosecution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, between March 22, 2005, and April 18 2007, he was arrested for narcotic and weapons-related offenses that he did not commit and was imprisoned. 

As a result, he claims was forced to endure great pain and mental suffering and was deprived of physical liberty. 

The plaintiff holds defendants responsible because the police officers allegedly used improper and unconstitutional means to secure search warrants by deception and misrepresentations, search persons and property. 

He claims the city failed to take appropriate measures to prevent and correct misconduct of its police officers.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages and other such relief he may be entitled to. He is represented by Michael Pileggi in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 2:18-cv-03331-ER

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