Lawsuit: Officer Falsely Arrested Man For Shoplifting Over Personal Grudge

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 10:48:13-04

A man said a police officer with a grudge arrested him for shoplifting even though he didn't steal a thing. According to a complaint, a Hickman County man was wrongfully arrested for shoplifting at the Walmart  in Fairview.

Staley Forsythe said he was targeted by his adopted son's biological father who happens to be a Fairview Police Officer.

Forsythe's attorney claims Officer Wesley Dutton falsely identified Forsythe as the man that stole $117.98 worth of merchandise from Walmart.

Charges against Forsythe were dropped when surveillance video from a local restaurant revealed he couldn't have been at Walmart at the time of the crime.

Forsythe is suing Officer Dutton, the City of Fairview, Walmart, and a Walmart loss prevention employee.

Forsythe is seeking damages for malicious prosecution, abuse of power, defamation, false arrest, false imprisonment, and civil rights violations.

They asked for $125,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in punitive damages.

His attorney is requesting a jury trial for the case.