Couple files lawsuit against city police

LISBON — An East Liverpool man and his wife have filed a civil lawsuit in Common Pleas Court this week claiming unconstitutional search and harassment by city police.

The lawsuit names Patrolman Chris Green, Chief John Lane and the East Liverpool Law Directory Charles Payne and seeks damages for alleged severe humiliation and embarrassment, fear, false arrest and physical injuries.

According to the lawsuit, Green searched David W. Pugh and his West Michigan Avenue home on Sept. 29, 2017. The lawsuit claims the search was unconstitutional and when Pugh questioned Green’s actions it led to him being arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, a first degree misdemeanor.

On June 14, 2018, Pugh, 72, took his charge to trial was found not guilty by a jury in East Liverpool Municipal Court.

The civil lawsuit, filed by Vincent Gurrera of the Gurrera Law Offices in Weirton, W.Va., claims the search of Pugh and subsequent malicious prosecution violated his First, Fourth and 14th Amendment rights.

Additionally, the lawsuit claims Green threatened Pugh, falsely accused him of criminal activity and placed him in fear for his own safety. It links emotional distress from the matter to Pugh suffering headaches, nausea and vomiting. It seeks remedy for his wife, Joyce Pugh, who also allegedly suffered a fear of economic loss and the loss of enjoyment of life with her husband.

The amount sought is in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits and attorney fees.