Police in Buffalo Township, Penn., were looking for marijuana when they raided a home on Oct. 7, taking the female homeowner out of the house without pants after she answered the door.
But there was a hitch. The homeowners weren’t growing pot. They grow hibiscus plants in their backyard.
Edward and Audrey Cramer filed a civil lawsuit last week against the police and Nationwide Insurance Co.
Among their allegations: false arrest, excessive force, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Edward, 69, and Audrey, 66, say they sat in the back of a cop car for hours after they were handcuffed. They also claim police ransacked their home.
They were not charged with a crime.
But the seed of suspicion was planted when Nationwide agent Jonathan Yeamans visited the Cramers’ property two days earlier to inspect damage caused by a neighbor’s fallen tree.
The lawsuit claims Yeamans “surreptitiously” took pictures of the flowering plant growing in the backyard and sent them to police because he thought it was marijuana.