Jury Awards Philadelphia Man Over 1 Million Dollars for being Falsely Arrested for the Homicide of a Philadelphia Police Officer
Philadelphia, PA – April 20, 2016: Today, a Philadelphia jury awarded $1,030,250 to Kareem Alleyne in his lawsuit against three veteran Philadelphia homicide detectives for false arrest and malicious prosecution. The facts of the case were as follows: In 2014 Mr. Alleyne was acquitted of charges of Homicide by Vehicle and Involuntary Manslaughter that he killed an off-duty Philadelphia policeman with his car. The Judge in the criminal case (where Mr. Alleyne was also represented by GPFF Attorney James Funt) found there was insufficient evidence to charge him. He then filed this lawsuit charging the officers with deliberately withheld or failed to disclose important information damning evidence that the officer had been stalking Mr. Alleyne because he dated the officer’s former girlfriend. Of note, Mr. Alleyne’s legal team called as a witness an internet reputation expert who testified that the publicity caused by being called a “cop killer” would never go away since it was written about extensively in so many papers. Mr. Alleyne was represented by Jamie Funt, Lori Mach and Noah Cohen of Greenblatt Pierce Engle Funt and Flores. The Honorable Anne Butchart presided over the trial. Said Mr. Funt, “We are so grateful to this jury for giving Mr. Alleyne his good name back. Kareem is a good, decent person who was only arrested because Mark Brady was a police officer. This verdict sends the message of how wrong the arrest in this case was.” Founded over 20 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores (GPFF) is an established, full-service law firm with experienced attorneys skilled in all areas of criminal, employment, civil and family law. The firm has offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information on the firm or its attorneys, please see www.gpeff.com. For more information, please contact Jamie Funt at 215.735.1600.