Man claims he was falsely arrested, had money stolen by Philadelphia police

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Feb 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing Philadelphia Police Department officers, citing alleged abuse and violation of federal law.

Anthony Roebuck filed a complaint on Jan. 18 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Officer Stanley Davis Jr., Officer Edward Slater Jr. and others, alleging the defendants disregarded plaintiff's constitutional and statutory rights during an unlawful arrest.

According to the complaint, on Jan. 20, 2017, Roebuck was stopped by defendants who ordered him to get out of his car while pointing their firearms at him. He alleges that defendant officers confiscated his cash but did not place it on a property receipt or submit it to an evidence custodian, and instead split the cash among themselves. 

In addition, defendants allegedly left a falsified search warrant and false statements concerning the events that led to his arrest. As a result, plaintiff claims he was subsequently charged with various drug crimes that he did not commit, causing physical harm, pain and suffering, and financial losses. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to follow proper exercise of police powers, including but not limited to the use of false information to obtain search warrants, fabrication of evidence, unlawful arrest, malicious prosecution, and unlawful detention.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees, costs, declaratory and further relief as appears reasonable and just. He is represented by L. Kenneth Chotiner of The Chotiner Firm in Philadelphia.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case No. is 2:19-cv-00278-JD.

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