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Pa Civil Rights Lawyers Take on Police Brutality

On October 11, 2011, the Pennsylvania Record’s Jon Campisi reported on a lawsuit filed against Ridley Township municipal police officers Brian Judge, Edward Howley, and Jason McDevitt for the alleged abuse of Jason and Anissa Zebley, residents of Holmes, Pa.

Jason and Anissa Zebley were patronizing Rick’s Place, a bar and restaurant in Folsom, Pa, on Oct. 25, 2009, when Jason discovered two men bothering Anissa outside. Jason Zebley then approached the men but was punched by one. As his attackers fled, Zebley followed them in his car.

This is when, according to Campisi, Jason Zebley was pulled over by officer Brian Judge and forcibly grabbed and handcuffed “while on the ground outside the vehicle.” It is alleged that Judge continued to punch, trip and verbally abuse Zebley up to and after placing him in a cell in the Ridley Township Police Department, to the point that Zebley blacked out.

Judge and fellow officer McDevitt are allegedly responsible for the 22 stitches Jason Zebley needed for his “numerous physical injuries, including lacerations on his lip, eyebrow and ear…”

Anissa Zebley was also arrested that night, by officer Howley, for disorderly conduct; a charge which was later dismissed. Charges against Jason Zebley, which included disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, were also dismissed.

Attorneys Stuart A. Carpey and James D. Famiglio are working together on this, a case of Ridley police officers allegedly acting in disregard of the Zebley couple’s 4th amendment rights. The complaint was filed Oct. 5 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

In their lawsuit against the three Ridley Township police officers, Stuart A. Carpey and James D. Famiglio assert that the officers “acted willfully, deliberately, maliciously or with reckless disregard of both Plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights.”

For more on this story, please visit Jon Campisi’s article which can be found on the Pennsylvania Record’s website.

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