For Anthony Sevy, it all started with a $10 parking ticket.
Sevy headed to 44th District Court in Royal Oak, Michigan, to pay the ticket back in February and was told a $1.75 surcharge would be added since he was paying with his credit card.
That annoyed Sevy, his attorney told WJBK-TV.
It was payback time, so to speak.
Sevy then left the building and came back armed with a bag of penny rolls to pay up in a “symbolic protest,” Sevy’s lawyer Jonathan Marco told the station.
Now it was apparently the clerk’s turn to get riled up — along with a court officer — Marco added to the station.
Seems the powers that be “refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls,” Marco told WJBK.
Surveillance video shows Sevy and the court officer exchanging words, and Sevy was asked to leave, the station said.
“As he was leaving the court house with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground,” Marco told WJBK, adding that his client “passed out.”
Can this incident get any messier? (Oh, yes it can.)
Amid the ensuing cacophony, Marco told the station that Sevy “defecated himself.”
“I don’t think that in everyday course of business we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” Marco added to WJBK.
That ain’t all. Sevy was then arrested, charged with assaulting or obstructing a police officer and disturbing the peace and thrown in jail, the station reported.
And now Sevy is suing the Royal Oak court officers, WJBK said.
“I don’t think anyone paying in penny rolls, whether it’s a preferred thing to do for a court clerk, warrants this type of this assaultive behavior and violation of constitutional rights,” Marco told the station, noting that his client was “supposed to be in a safe place and was viciously assaulted from behind.”
What are city officials saying?
City attorney David Gillam told WJBK that Royal Oak hasn’t been served with the lawsuit but added that he knows about the case, which the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office investigated.
Sevy pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and the assault/obstruction charge was dropped, the station added.