BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Audrey and Edward Cramer, of Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania, were reported to police by their Nationwide insurance agent for allegedly having marijuana plants on their property.
The couple say that on Sept. 20 police stormed their house, harassed them, took their plants and arrested them, while Audrey Cramer was still in her underwear.
The problem for police is that the plants they confiscated were Kenaf hibiscus plants, not marijuana.
“I’m starting to understand why a lot of the public do not trust police officers,” Audrey Cramer said. ” I really feel like I’ve been smacked in the face with this, and no, I don’t think I’ll ever trust a police officer again.”
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Audrey and Edward Cramer have filed a civil lawsuit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Nationwide agent Jonathan Yeamans, Buffalo Township and three of its police officers.
Use of excessive force, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy are all listed among the allegations.
Buffalo Township has not responded but the Cramers’ attorney, Al Lindsay, said they are seeking punitive damages.
“She came down. She opened the door. She was confronted with what she thought was a dozen police officers with assault weapons who said they had a warrant,” Lindsay said. “They pushed her. They went through the house.”