by: Tenikka Smith Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte attorney has filed a federal lawsuit for a man who claims security guards broke his arm during the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association three years ago.
Attorney Brad Smith filed the civil suit against Allied Barton, Charlotte Area Transit System CEO Carolyn Flowers, the city and county.
His client Marko Stroud was a high school student in March 2011 when he said a group of Allied Barton security guards tackled him and broke his arm while forcefully removing him from the transit center, even though he had a valid ticket.
Smith said his client was also arrested for trespassing, resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct and had to spend the day in jail with a broken arm before he could post bond.
“People want to believe that public services are there for our benefit and protect and any time you have something like this happen, it shocks the conscious and sort of makes you question what peoples motivation are for things,” Smith said.
Smith said the criminal case against Stroud didn't go to trial because the charges were dismissed.
Channel 9 contacted Allied Barton, CATS and city and county officials about the lawsuit, but has not heard back.