NEW ORLEANS — A man is suing Gretna City, a municipal corporation, citing alleged malicious prosecution.

Matthias J. Francois filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Gretna City alleging that the municipal corporation violated the I, IV, V, VI and XIV Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, in Oct. 24, 2012, he was publicly arrested for harassing phone calls. The defendant's conduct of restraining, arresting and prosecuting caused him to suffer serious physical and emotional pain, shock, fright, humiliation, embarrassment and deprivation of constitutional rights. The plaintiff holds Gretna City responsible because the defendant allegedly negligently hired, supervised and controlled its employees. Defendant's employees allegedly subjected him to unlawful search, seizure, and use of illegal excessive force and jailed him for two months without a single court date.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks declaration that defendant's conduct violated the U.S. Constitution, award for compensatory damages, attorney's fees, costs and such other relief as may be required by law.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-14878

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