Thursday, January 06, 2000

False arrest claimed in suit

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An Erlanger man is suing the city of Cincinnati, its police division and two of its officers, saying his civil rights were violated when officers searched his car without permission.

        The suit, brought by Ronald E. Ferrier, was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Covington. The officers named as defendants are Dave Corlett and Julian T. Steele.

        Among other things, the suit alleges Mr. Ferrier was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted and falsely imprisoned.

        A civilian in the police division's public information office said Chief Thomas Streicher could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

        The suit stems from an encounter between Mr. Ferrier and two men on July 21, 1998. Mr. Ferrier said he was trying to recover tools and personal records from a Jerome Street house in Cincinnati where he did some repairs after he sold the house to the two men.

        The two men, the suit says, declined to give Mr. Ferrier the items and called police. Shortly after he left the house, Mr. Ferrier was pulled over by Officers Corlett and Steele, according to the suit.

        The suit says police found unloaded weapons in Mr. Ferrier's vehicle, although the weapons were being transported in compliance with Ohio law.

        Mr. Ferrier said police told him he was being arrested for “unlawful possession of a police scanner” and “unlawful display of a law enforcement display.” The suit says Mr. Ferrier was never charged with possessing a police scanner, displaying a law enforcement display or transporting firearms. Instead, he was charged with menacing, the suit says.

        The suit seeks a jury trial and monetary damages.


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