Remember the story of the barber who was arrested this past summer on the night of a memorial party for his father?
After the incident, Melvin Yates filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the Howard County Police department claiming police brutality. According to this story by Luke Broadwater in The Columbia Flier, Yates “said he now lives in fear of the police and he worries they will harass him even at simple encounters like traffic stops.”
Mr. Yates was subsequently found not guilty of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest but guilty of disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer.
Yesterday, United States District Court Judge J. Frederick Motz dismissed his $50 million lawsuit. Back in June Yates attorney, Anitha Johnson, said the multi million dollar was intended to “get their attention and let them know we’re serious.”
I’m sure it wasn’t about the money. This time it was the barber who got a haircut.