Former Pennsylvania bar president sues sheriff’s deputies for tackling him at courthouse

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

A former president of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations has sued sheriff’s deputies who tackled him at the courthouse last summer, causing him to fracture his shoulder.

Clifford Haines, 72, claims “extraordinary misconduct” by the officers whose actions were “unprovoked, unjustified, and clearly excessive and abusive,” report Philly.comand the Legal Intelligencer.

video of the incident shows Haines pointing his finger at an officer, then spreading his arms. The officer appears to slightly push Haines’ chest, and Haines moves his arm as if to deflect the officer’s hand. At that point four officers shove Haines onto the conveyor belt on the metal scanner, and a fifth officer joins in to push Haines off the machine and onto the ground.

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