PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing the City of Philadelphia Police Department and officers, citing alleged civil conspiracy, false arrest and racial discrimination.
Antwine Hall filed a complaint in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against the City of Philadelphia Police Department and others, alleging the defendants conducted false arrest, false imprisonment and wrongful prosecution, denying plaintiff's right to equal protection.
The defendants removed the case to Philadelphia federal court on Jan. 8.
According to the complaint, between Aug. 5, 2016, and March 26, 2018, Antwine Hall was incarcerated as a result of an arrest by the defendants that was improper, illegal and without any basis or probable cause.
Plaintiff claims during the entire course of the criminal prosecution, defendants entered into a conspiracy with each other to prosecute him despite the knowledge there was no credible evidence to support the arrest. He claims he was also falsely imprisoned with the motive of discriminating against him on the basis of race and ethnicity as he is African-American.
As a result, plaintiff claims he suffered severe depression, humiliation and lost his personal liberty, right to travel and was confined to prison.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants arrested and/or prosecuted him despite their knowledge that there was no credible evidence to support the arrest and failed to take steps to investigate the truth of the charges but acquiesced and/or participated in the false arrest, unlawful detention and malicious and unlawful prosecution of plaintiff.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in an amount in excess of $50,000 plus punitive damages, interest, costs, attorney's fees, delay damages and other appropriate relief. He is represented by Rania Major of Philadelphia.
Case No. is 2:19-cv-00110-NIQA.