Business owner sues Pittsburgh police, judge after parking lot dispute

A woman who says she was unlawfully detained after she called Pittsburgh police about a person illegally parked in a Greenfield lot that she owns filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday alleging retaliation and excessive force.

Marsha Simonds, and her husband, Matthew, sued the City of Pittsburgh, as well as the individual officers who responded to the scene on Murray Avenue on Aug. 27, 2019. They included Adam Thimons, Francesco Rosato, Elizabeth Merkel and Donald Pasquerelli.

The lawsuit also names as defendants Magisterial District Judge James J. Hanley Jr. and an employee in his office, Christine Boyer, as well as Allegheny County.

A message sent to Pittsburgh police was not immediately returned. Angharad Stock, chief deputy district court administrator, said she could not comment on pending litigation.

The complaint alleges that Hanley and Boyer used their relationship with the Pittsburgh police to harass and intimidate the Simonds family “in a…

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