Real estate professional Eric Brown filed a formal complaint in October, about two months after he was arrested along with his client Roy Thorne and his 15-year-old son, Samuel—both of which were mentioned as co-plaintiffs. The situation occurred on August 1 in Wyoming, Michigan, while Brown was trying to show the Thornes a residence on Sharon Avenue SW, according to USA Today.
The city of Wyoming, Michigan, the Wyoming police chief, and six officers are named as defendants in the lawsuit, according to Insider.
According to the complaint, the six officers infringed on their civil rights by using excessive force and unlawful arrest. The plaintiffs’ lawyer has asked for a jury trial and “full and fair compensatory damages in an amount to be determined” by the participants.
The complainants are also going to seek “punitive damages” in an undisclosed amount.
“Had the Plaintiffs not been African American men, they would not have been held at gun point, and would not have been detained, and would not have been handcuffed,” attorney Ven Johnson wrote in the lawsuit.