CLEVELAND - A conversation about LeBron James at Cleveland McDonald’s led to a lawsuit filed against the City of Cleveland and a Cleveland police officer.
Charles T. Smith, of Cleveland, filed a lawsuit against Officer Carl Perkins and the City of Cleveland after an incident that took place on Nov. 03, 2013, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit states that Smith was in a conversation with others about the contributions of Lebron James to the NBA at the McDonald’s restaurant near E. 55th Street and Broadway in Cleveland.
According to the suit, Officer Perkins was also in the restaurant and took offense to a comment Smith made about the lack of white basketball players in the NBA.
Smith claims the officer forcibly grabbed him, pushed him towards the doors and physically expelled him out of the restaurant, injuring the plaintiff, both physically and mentally.
Smith is demanding the judgment of $400,000 in compensatory, exemplary and punitive damages.