FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Man files federal lawsuit against Leland, former cops
LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A man Leland Police arrested during a June 2011 domestic situation has filed a federal lawsuit against the town and the two former police officers involved in the incident.
In a letter from the lawfirm of Tin Fulton Walker & Owen to the Town of Leland asking for the compensation, attorney Katherine Parker said Langley was working in his home when two Leland Police officers escorted his former girlfriend Aimee Coleman inside, and that then-Sgt. Hank Smith had his gun drawn.
The letter claims Smith threatened and insulted Langley before arresting him on a warrant that did not exist. During the time Langley was handcuffed in a patrol car, he claims officers allowed Coleman to take anything she wanted out of the home without any evidence of who owned the items.
Langley’s attorney claims Smith left Langley in an overheated patrol car for more than an hour while Smith helped Coleman carry items that did not belong to her from the home.
After allegedly assisting in the move, Sgt. Smith and Ofc. Andrew Correll, the letter says, took Langley to the Brunswick County Jail for a criminal summons on a worthless check. According to the letter, deputies immediately released Langley from jail because he had been falsely arrested.
In the letter Langley asks for a monetary settlement of $100,000 for psychological distress, and the loss of work related equipment. He also wants Leland to make sure something like this never happens again.
Smith and Correll no longer work for Leland PD. Smith quit in May five days after the letter asking the town to pay Langley because of the incident. Correll also quit amidst his own legal troubles. Last fall Correll and another officer resigned after Wilmington Police cited them for fighting on a downtown street
More: continued here