What happens when the city tries to take your coins, then you give them your coins — literally?
For Anthony Sevy, who tried to pay his $10 parking ticket in pennies, he got choked by a court officer. Not only did he get choked, but the act made him deficate himself and pass out.
In February, Anthony went to pay his ticket like a good citizen but the Michigan district court official tried to impose an additional $1.75 fee for using his credit card.
He left, then came back with a roll of pennies.
“He wasn’t happy about it so, in symbolic protest, he brought back penny rolls to pay for his ticket. The clerk wasn’t too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls,” Sevy’s attorney, Jonathan Marco, told Fox affiliate WJBK.
Money is money, but Anthony was asked to leave.
“As he was leaving the courthouse with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground,” Marco said, adding that Sevy passed out and defecated himself. “I don’t think that in the everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves.”
The surveillance video then shows the officers arresting Anthony, who was later thrown in jail. He’s now suing the court officials.
“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 assaultive behavior and violation of constitutional rights,” Marco said.
Anthony pleaded no contest to charges of disturbing the peace, but his attorney says he was obviously the victim.
“I think the more profound and long-lasting injury is the psychological injuries he’s suffering as a result of this. (The district court is) supposed to be a safe place,” Marco said.
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