- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man is suing the police for wrongful arrest, saying they ignored convincing alibi evidence when they arrested him - and kept him jailed for 36 days - after a faulty eyewitness said he robbed a bakery.

Twenty-six-year-old DeAndre Brown contends surveillance video, sign-in sheets, and witnesses confirmed he was at a work-related seminar during the Sept. 10 robbery. Brown contends police, instead, took the word of a bakery clerk who fingered him as the robber even though the suspect covered part of his face with a T-shirt.

The clerk told police he recognized Brown as a regular customer, though Brown and his attorney now claim the clerk later had second thoughts about the identification.

County prosecutors eventually dropped the charges.

City police have yet to comment on the federal lawsuit.



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