TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who was the victim of a fake 911 call sued the city of Toledo and its police on Tuesday over damage done when they raided his home and arrested him.
Donald McGranahan II, a 33-year-old Army veteran, is seeking more than $25,000 in damages through the lawsuit, which alleged police caused him emotional distress and destroyed property they took in the September 2015 raid.
The person who called 911 told dispatchers he was McGranahan, that he shot his girlfriend, that he left her on the porch and that he tied up her children and put them in a bathroom, The Blade reported.
When officers went to the home, McGranahan initially refused to come out and was accused of inciting panic and obstructing official business — charges that were later dropped.
The raid resulted in holes in the walls, a broken door, broken windows and destroyed safes, McGranahan’s attorney told WTOL-TV.
“I would say that it’s a pretty sad state of affairs when you treat a veteran in this manner, treat anybody in this manner, any citizen of the city in this manner,” said the lawyer, Jerry Phillips.
Phillips said the city agreed to pay $4,190 for the damage to the home and additional money for property seized at the house, including McGranahan’s guns.
But Adam Loukx, Toledo’s law director, told WTOL-TV the city hasn’t paid yet because both sides can’t agree on a fair amount for the damaged items. He said McGranahan must prove the value of the damaged property and the city will fight the lawsuit.
No one has been charged with making the prank call.