Man sues four state troopers
When Daylan McLee got a panicked phone call from his sister in the early morning hours of March 20, 2016, he rushed to the American Legion bar in Dunbar. A fight had broken out, please come get her, his sister pleaded.
When he arrived, the scene in the bar parking lot was chaotic, but McLee recognized a man holding a gun. Surveillance video from the bar shows McLee approach the man, take the weapon and quickly toss it in a grassy area between cars.
That action would put McLee in jail for almost a year awaiting trial on what he claimed in a lawsuit filed Thursday were falsified charges.
McLee, 29, alleged that four Pennsylvania State Troopers lied in a police report about the incident and falsified charges against him after one of the troopers fired two shots at him and struck a nearby house. A jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and all other charges in a March 2017 trial.
“Mr. McLee only wishes to state at present time that he wants the Pennsylvania State Police to be accountable for his malicious prosecution and to acknowledge what they did to him,” his attorney Alec Wright wrote in a statement.
A message left for a spokeswoman at the Pennsylvania State Police was not immediately returned Thursday. No attorney information was listed in court documents for the four troopers named in the lawsuit.
Wright said McLee didn’t realize until he was arrested after leaving the scene that the trooper was shooting at him specifically.
The lawsuit comes less than a month after two incidents in Alabama and Illinois where white police officers fatally shot black men with guns who witnesses said were intervening in shooting incidents.
The lawsuit seeks compensation for McLee’s time in jail, the loss of his job and time away from his two small children.