by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
A Michigan man went to pay a $10 fine in pennies at a Royal Oak’s 44th District Court in February. However, his payment was refused even though pennies are legal tender and he was verbally assaulted and physically assaulted to the point that he defecated himself.
Anthony Sevy was going to pay his parking fine with is credit card, but the $10 transaction would have cost him a $1.75 transaction fee.
So, he sought to provide somewhat of a peaceful protest, went to the bank, got a bag of $10 worth of pennies and submitted them to the clerk.
The clerk turned down the money, which I’m pretty, under legal tender laws, should result in Sevy not owing the $10.
He then proceeded to verbally assault him and another officer was called in.
Sevy grabbed his bag of pennies and began to leave with his money. That’s when he was attacked from behind, choked and beaten on the ground to the point he defecated himself.
“I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” attorney Jonathan Marco said.
Fox 2http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/man-tries-to-pay-ticket-with-pennies-gets-choked-by-guard-and-defecates-self-attorney provides video and a report.
The entire exchange was captured on surveillance video which Marco showed to FOX 2. In the video, which you can watch in the player above, you see Sevy and the court officer exchange words. Sevy was asked to leave but it didn’t end there.
“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. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself,” Marco said.
Sevy was then arrested and tossed in jail.
Now he’s suing the Royal Oak court officers.
“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 said.
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