LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A man Leland Police arrested during a June 2011 domestic situation has filed a federal lawsuit against the town and the two former police officers involved in the incident.
In his lawsuit, Langley claims police violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
Langley says he was working in his home on June 11, 2011, when two Leland Police officers escorted his former girlfriend Aimee Coleman inside, and that then-Sgt. Hank Smith had his gun drawn.
Langley claims Smith threatened and insulted Langley before arresting him on a warrant that did not exist. During the time Langley was handcuffed in a patrol car, he claims officers allowed Coleman to take anything she wanted out of the home without any evidence of who owned the items.
Langley claims Smith left him in an overheated patrol car for about an hour while Smith helped Coleman carry items that did not belong to her from the home.
After allegedly assisting in the move, Sgt. Smith and Ofc. Andrew Correll, the letter says, took Langley to the Brunswick County Jail for a criminal summons on a worthless check. According to the suit, deputies immediately released Langley from jail because he had been falsely arrested. Leland Police later refused to let Langley file a report about what happened, the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims the items taken from Langley’s home are worth more than $10,000. The suit asks for at least that much to cover the cost of the items taken plus punitive damages and attorney fees.
Smith and Correll no longer work for Leland PD. Smith quit in May five days after the letter asking the town to pay Langley because of the incident. Correll also quit amidst his own legal troubles. Last fall Correll and another officer resigned after Wilmington Police cited them for fighting on a downtown street