CINCINNATI -- A Cincinnati man sued two Norwoord police officers for $100 million after he was wrongfully jailed for nearly two months on felony cocaine charges even though video footage would have shown they had the wrong man.
Maurice Snow, 29, filed the federal civil rights lawsuit against a detective and lieutenant at the Norwood Police Department on Monday, accusing them of turning his life upside-down and recklessly violating his constitutional rights by detaining him without probable cause.
WCPO reporter Amy Wadas talked with Snow on the phone just one day after he filed the lawsuit. He told her he cannot find work or a decent place to live.
To make matters worse, Snow said he was unable to see his 10-year-old son while in jail.
Norwood police Lt. Tom Williams Jr., an agency spokesman, said he would look into the allegations but could not immediately comment on the lawsuit.
Court records show Snow, who doesn't have a serious criminal record, was arrested on Oct. 18 and booked on four cocaine charges stemming from an investigation by Norwood police over the summer.
The lawsuit says that Snow was accused of being the drug dealer in surveillance videos that police took of controlled drug buys involving a confidential informant.
Snow was jailed for 52 days on a $25,000 bond before his then-attorney, Erik Laursen, saw the footage and got a Norwood officer to accompany him to the jail to look at Snow.
"(The officer) looked at me and said, `No, that's not him,"' Laursen said. "I said, `Let's go downstairs then because he needs to get out."'