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Retired Attorney Larry Pelham Files Lawsuit For Invasion By Tallahassee Police Department

Retired Attorney Larry Pelham Files Lawsuit For Invasion By Tallahassee Police Department

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Retired Attorney Larry Pelham Files Lawsuit For Invasion By Tallahassee Police Department
Retired Attorney Larry Pelham Files Lawsuit For Invasion By Tallahassee Police Department

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News Release March 12, 2014
Retired Attorney Files Lawsuit for Invasion by Tallahassee Police Department
Tallahassee, FL
 –
 A retired attorney is suing Tallahassee Police in federal court for invading his home, screaming orders at him and hand cuffing him, on December 3, 2011. Larry Pelham presented a formal claim to the City last June but the City has not replied. The lawsuit will be filed later today in the Federal District Court in Tallahassee. On Saturday, December 3, 2011, about 10 p.m., Pelham was working upstairs at his computer at his townhouse at 564 Teal Lane, when he heard footsteps on the stairs. As he turned, the door opened and Pelham was confronted by three police officers pointing firearms. One officer
was in a shooter’s crouch.
Another officer
screamed for Pelham to “Stand up. Turn around, hands over your head.” When Pelham tried to ask what was going on,
the officer told
him to “shut up.”
 An officer cuffed the 66-year-old man
’s hand
s behind his back. Pelham remained handcuffed while one of the officers questioned him. While he was being questioned, the other officers searched the house. Eventually, the handcuffs were removed. During the interrogation, Pelham told the officer he was working on a book when they entered his home. As they w
ere leaving, the officer told Pelham, “Now you have
something else to write abou
t.” No one apologized to Pelham
. Two days later, Pelham went to the Tallahassee Police headquarters to speak with the Chief of Police about the incident. An assistant met with Pelham and merely offered a  justification for what had happened. Once again, Pelham received no apology. The police had
entered Pelham’s home
while investigating the burglary of a business on Miccosukee Road, where computers were stolen. Police were dispatched to an alarm. Upon arrival, officers saw a young white male running from the scene. A suspect was sighted entering a residential neighborhood near where Pelham lived. The officer lost sight of the suspect. Nearly an hour after the police arrived at the burglary scene, an officer with a police
dog, searched the neighborhood. The dog seemed to alert near Pelham’s
townhouse. The door to
Pelham’s
townhouse was not locked, so Police opened the door and entered without announcing themselves. The townhouses are narrow and built together. Pelham maintains there was no evidence connecting the suspected burglar with his townhouse. The suspect who had been seen at the scene of the burglary earlier that evening had dropped his mobile phone. From the phone, Police were able to get the suspects name and quickly pulled up his date of birth, address and criminal record. That information matched the
initial description of the suspect as a white male between the age of 25 and 35, 5’6” to 5’8”,
170 to 180 lbs. Pelham bears no resemblance to the person the police had seen. [over]

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