Ohio man names Cheerleaders, Pittsburgh officer in suit over removal from gentleman's club

By Carrie Bradon | Apr 10, 2019

PITTSBURGH – An Ohio man alleges a police officer filed false charges against him and used excessive force after he was removed from a Pittsburgh gentleman's club.

Kyle Sholtis filed a complaint on March 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the city of Pittsburgh; Mag Pitt LP, doing business as Cheerleaders; and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police officer Matthew Turko alleging common law battery, common law assault, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress; negligent hiring, training and supervision; and violation of the Fourth Amendment.

According to the complaint, on May 28, 2017, the plaintiff went to Cheerleaders around 1 a.m. and was stopped by a bouncer while he was walking from the lobby to the gentleman's club. He alleges other bouncers joined the first, became aggressive toward the plaintiff and then began to forcibly remove him from the lobby. The plaintiff alleges he was never combative during the situation.

The suit states Turko was nearby and watched the incident, and after the plaintiff was removed from Cheerleaders, used a stun gun the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleges the stun gun caused him to become unconscious and he fell face-first onto the concrete.

The suit states Turko filed false charges against the plaintiff.

The plaintiff is seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. He is represented by Alec B. Wright of the Law Offices of Timothy P. O'Brien in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-00332-PJP

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