Two Florida brothers have decided to boldly go ahead and sue Fort Lauderdale police for excessive force — claiming cops violently detained them, in part, because they mistook harmless Star Trek memorabilia for real weapons.
In a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday, Raymond and Randall Purcell are seeking a minimum $75,000 in damages in the 2017 incident involving Officer Alexander Paul, the Miami Herald reported.
Paul and another cop, Officer Steven Pohorence, had responded to the home after Raymond, then 62, called 911 alleging his and his wife’s cars had been keyed by a relative, the Herald reported.
But the officers told him there would be no arrest or police report filed because the damage to the vehicles appeared to be under $1,000 and the relative was no longer at the location.
An infuriated Raymond slammed his fist on the hood of the car in the garage and also tossed a flashlight — away from the direction of the cops