WYOMING, Mich. (Gray News) – A real estate agent and his client are now suing Wyoming, Michigan, and city police after being arrested while buying a home.
The incident happened on August 1. According to WWMT, real estate agent Eric Brown was showing a house to a client when police arrived, responding to a report of a home invasion.
Police body camera footage shows the real estate agent, his client and his client’s 15-year-old son handcuffed at gunpoint.
They were placed in the back of a police car, WWMT reported, and were not released until Brown showed his real estate agent’s license.
Police said they received a call from a neighbor who was aware of a previous burglary that had occurred at the same address a week earlier.
The federal lawsuit alleges unlawful detention and excessive force, racial profiling, bodily harm, false imprisonment and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“It was absolutely implicit, racist prejudice, absolutely,” said lawyer Ven Johnson. “And the city of Wyoming has to step up, admit it and they have to be evaluated to see what training they are giving their officers.”
Wyoming Police deny race played a role in the incident.
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