Malvern Man Suing Borough Police in Federal Court

John Edler claims to have been mistreated by police in October 2011, according to an article in Main Line Media News.

A Malvern man who was arrested for public drunkenness in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2011, has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Malvern Police Department.

John Edler, now 61, said he had called the police department to request a ride home from a local pub, according to a report in Main Line Media News:

Instead, Edler says he was arrested by the first officer and forcefully thrown into the back of a police car and taken to the Coatesville police station. McLaughlin also asserts that Edler was not placed in a seatbelt. [...]

Edler's suit says he sustained injuries in the back of the vehicle due to reckless driving. He later requested the department investigate the incident, but was instead cited for public drunkenness.

Police told Malvern Patch soon after the arrest that they had responded to a report of a man stumbling down the street, and that Edler became loud and abusive.

Edler fought the public drunkenness charge and was found not guilty on Feb. 27 by Judge Chester Darlington. 

Edler's lawsuit against the police department alleges he was mistreated and illegally searched, according to Main Line Media News. The case will be tried before Judge Gene Pratter in Pennsylvania Eastern District Court, according to Justia.

Read the full Main Line Media News article here.

K.C. Cox October 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Oh for Pete's sake. Seriously?
Concerned Resident October 22, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Really? He's drunk, can't get home, staggers around town and he sues the Police Dept.?? He probably fell a few times while staggering from the bar to wherever he was arrested. Don't you think that's a more plausible explanation? Come on....stop wasting the Federal Court system's time.....
Tom Fox October 22, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I hate wasting US Federal court time, but so do Federal Judges, If there is not solid cause, I'm sure the Judge will throw it out. If our US Senate would be allowed by the Republics to appoint judges, not just blocking everything Pres. Obama, then there would not be such a back log of Judge appointments, even those recommended by conservative type groups. Attorneys who work with the Fed court report that there is a dangerous shortage of Judges on the Federal level. I'm glad the election is soon.
Nabob October 26, 2012 at 02:25 PM
His case will be dismissed most likely before trial. Problem s the cost to the borough for defending.
William L. McLaughlin, Jr., Esq. November 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
"became loud and abusive" say the police. Edler was found not guilty of the one charge at a trial in front of a district justice who was an ex-police officer. At the trial, no evidence (as in the testimony of two officers under oath) of the victim being "loud and abusive". The evidence offered to show "danger to himself or others": leaning on something. Don't jump to conclusions about the merits of this case.


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