North Ridgeville Man Sues Cleveland Police Over Unlawful Arrest

Another civil rights lawsuit against the Cleveland Division of Police has landed in federal court.

North Ridgeville resident Joshua Hall asserts that he was driving on the East Shoreway on April 16, 2014, when he was pulled over by Cleveland police. He was asked to step out of his car and submit to testing for impaired driving. He refused the testing.

Nonetheless, according to a suit filed in federal court today, EMS arrived and placed Hall on a gurney and began drawing blood from his arm. Hall was then taken to a Cleveland Clinic emergency room, where EMS advised him that he was under arrest and demanded a urine sample.

Hall was held in a Cleveland jail for two days, and his bail was denied. He did not see a magistrate until three days had passed from the incident. The blood and urine alcohol tests turned up negative.

What began then was something of a downward spiral, Hall contends. He lost his job as an engineer technician programmer, and he was without a driver's license for some time before it was reinstated. Hall alleges the incident has cost him more than $25,000. The OVI charge against Hall was dismissed in Cleveland Municipal Court.

Hall alleges civil rights abuses and inadequate training and supervision of the involved officers. 

Read the full suit below.

Joshua Hall vs. City of Cleveland

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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