ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WJBK) – When Anthony Sevy got a parking ticket in Royal Oak, he wasn’t pleased. When he went to pay his ticket with pennies, he was turned away, choked, and then defecated himself – his attorney claims.
“I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” his attorney Jonathan Marco said.
Let’s back up. Sevy went to pay his $10 parking ticket in Royal Oak’s 44th District Court in February, but was told he’d have a $1.75 surcharge on his credit card. He wasn’t happy and left.
His attorney says he came back to pay with rolls of pennies. He’s on video with the court officers and his bag of pennies making what his attorney called a symbolic protest.
“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,” Marco said.
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.