(CN) - A Georgia man claims in court that he was brutally beaten by Greyhound Lines employees while doing nothing more than trying to pick up a pre-purchased ticket.
In a lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court, Antwan Peak says he was retrieving his ticket at Greyhound's Atlanta bus station on May 25, 2014, when he was approached by Greyhound employees who, without cause, proceeded to assault him.
"During this brutal encounter, Plaintiff was repeatedly battered and assaulted by Defendant John Does 1 and 2 in an inhumane manner by being struck in the face, pepper sprayed and stunned with a Taser, having his head was both slammed into the wall and floor repeatedly, and being attacked in other ways," the April 19 complaint states.
Peak says when the police arrived, the Greyhound employees falsely reported that he was trespassing at the bus depot.
He says he was then imprisoned for almost a month on the false charge of trespassing before being released upon the filing of a nolle prosequi in his criminal case," the complaint states.
Peak seeks damages on claims of premises liability assault, assault and battery, false imprisonment, false arrest and malicious prosecution, vicarious liability, and negligent hiring, training and supervision.
Danielle Warlick, of Atlanta, is Peak's attorney.
"This had a snowball effect on his life," Warlick told Courthouse News. "He [Peak] did have a ticket and he bought it online. He was arrested for trespassing as a ticketholder, which is absurd.
"When the Fulton County solicitor's office got hold of the case, they threw it out pretty quickly," Warlick continued. "But he [Peak] had to sit in jail for a while just to get that taken care of. And it still had residual effects. He has a pinched nerve because of how he was handled during the whole ordeal. So now we're here with this civil lawsuit on the issue."
Lanesha Gipson, a spokeswoman for Greyhound, declined to comment due to the pending nature of the litigation.
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