ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The father of Penn State's star running back claims he was wrongfully prosecuted and the victim of excessive force and discrimination.
Saquon Barkley's dad, Alibay Barkley, has brought a federal lawsuit against LANTA, the Allentown Police Department, the City of Allentown and more, after he claims he was racially profiled and had excessive force used on him, while riding the bus.
According to the lawsuit, Barkley, an African-American man, is suing because he feels his rights were violated because of his race.
In the lawsuit, Barkley claims the bus driver accused him of riding the bus without a bus ticket or paying the fee. However, the lawsuit alleges that Barkley used his all day pass when he boarded the bus.
During this incident both a LANTA security officer and the Allentown Police Department were called in to assist.
The lawsuit alleges the LANTA security officer mocked Barkley saying he was unhygienic and "too dirty to touch."
According to the lawsuit, Allentown police used a Taser on Barkley and forcibly removed him from the bus. The lawsuit alleges he was beaten after being handcuffed and that an officer tore up his all-day bus pass.
The suit states that Barkley was charged with theft of services, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but he was exonerated of all criminal charges, according to the lawsuit.
Barkley is suing all of the parties involved, including LANTA, the Allentown Police Department and the City of Allentown for an amount in excess of the $150,000, together with punitive damages, costs of suit, and attorney fees.
LANTA officials say they have no comment on the lawsuit because it's ongoing litigation.
The Allentown City Solicitor could not be reached for comment.
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