A Pennsylvania man is suing law enforcement officers, alleging excessive force

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 27, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania man is suing two unnamed police officers, citing alleged assault, battery, excessive force, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Alan Petrucelli filed a complaint on Aug. 10, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, against the defendants alleging that they used excessive, unreasonable and unjustified force against plaintiff.

The plaintiff alleges that, on September 27, 2017, he suffered severe pain and injuries to his wrists from being restrained with zip ties, emotional trauma, fright and shock, and continues to suffer emotional distress as a result of an officer allegedly pushing and slamming him against a police cruiser. according to the lawsuit.

He claims that he was unlawfully detained inside the cruiser without provocation after allegedly attempting to retrieve a package that was used to comfort a woman who allegedly had collapsed at the Turtle Creek Post Office, at 116 Grant St. 

The plaintiff holds the two unnamed officer responsible because the defendants allegedly forced plaintiff into the backseat of an enclosed police cruiser without provocation, explanation or justification, and failed to intervene with the violent and unreasonable reaction of co-defendant, according to allegations in the lawsuit.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for compensatory and punitive damages, costs of suit, attorney's fees, interest, injunctive and declaratory relief and as the court may deem proper. He is represented by Joel S. Sansone, Massimo A. Terzigni and Elizabeth A. Tuttle of Law Offices of Joel S. Sansone in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 18-cv-01048

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