A video has surfaced of a court officer in Royal Oaks, Michigan, slamming Anthony Sevy to the floor of city hall after Sevy tried to lawfully pay a $10 parking fine with pennies in February.
After a court cashier refused to accept Sevy’s lawful payment, Sevy exchanged words with a court officer and tried to leave the building.
As Sevy got to the front door, a court officer suddenly jumped him and tossed him down on the concrete.
Sevy’s lawyer, Jonathan Marco, told WJBK that a court officer choked out Sevy who defecated in his pants:
As he was leaving the courthouse 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.
Sevy was arrested, and charged with disturbing the peace and assault.
In a plea deal, the assault charge was dropped, and Sevy pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace to avoid a two-year prison sentence for assaulting a court officer.
Sevy is planning to file a lawsuit against Royal Oak and the court officers involved.
Royal Oaks so poorly mismanaged that the town relies on parking ticket fines to pay for most of its police and fire departments.
City Commissioner Jim Rasor told The Patch in 2012:
Our downtown parking system does generate about $2.15 million in revenue per year for the general fund; in turn, about 70 percent of that fund pays for police and fire, including paramedics.
If you want to avoid getting a ticket, then just check out the map on the city website and park in one of our three structures for a flat fee.