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Buffalo Twp. couple sues police after attempted drug bust goes wrong

20 November 2017

A suburban Pittsburgh couple is not happy with police, or their neighbors, after being detained on October 7 by law enforcement when officers believed the couple's hibiscus plants were marijuana plants, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. The cops allegedly told Audrey that her husband had lied to her about the plant. When a member of the insurance company came to assess the damage on the property, he took photos of the hibiscus plant and, believing them to be marijuana plants, sent them to police. When officers got a search warrant and went to their house, the Cramers say their home was ransacked and they were handcuffed and forced to sit in a police auto for four hours.

"They actually ignored me", he told CBS Pittsburgh.

"I was not treated as though I was a human being, I was just something they were going to push aside", she said.

The Cramers are seeking monetary and compensatory damages and court costs.

Audrey Cramer, 66, said she was partially dressed when she went to the door and police would not let her put on trousers before she was handcuffed.

In the couple's civil lawsuit against the police department, it claims the police used excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy, the Tribune-Review reported. The agent thought they were marijuana and gave the pictures to police.

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The couple's attorney, Al Lindsay, filed a lawsuit today on their behalf.

"Sometimes I think they look for crime where it doesn't exist in order to justify their existence", Mr Cramer told the channel.

The Cramers say they never got an apology. She said that the police refused to allow her to put on trousers and shoes.

Ms Cramer said she has been suffering from emotional trauma since the incident, claiming that she does not sleep at night and she does not want to be left alone in her house. "And you don't leave me at the house by myself".

The garden police had been alerted to in the couple's backyard in Buffalo Township, Penn., was full of flowering hibiscus instead.

Buffalo Twp. couple sues police after attempted drug bust goes wrong