Woman involved in controversial arrest sues RTA

Woman involved in controversial arrest sues RTA
Jessica Ferrato suing RTA. (Source: WOIO)
Jessica Ferrato suing RTA. (Source: WOIO)

The Lakewood woman who says she was arrested for no reason last year is suing RTA.

Jessica Ferrato filed the suit Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas court.

The complaint stems from her unlawful arrest and assault by RTA police officer Jonathan Pacholke on March 29, 2015.

According to the complaint, Officer Pacholke arrested Ms. Ferrato, tackling and pinning her to the ground, despite having no reason to do so.

Ferrato alleges that this happened even after she complied with Officer Pacholke's demands that she show him a valid RTA pass, and she explained to Officer Pacholke that he had no right to detain her.

Charges against Ferrato were eventually dropped after an internal investigation and RTA issued a public apology for the officer's behavior. Officer Pacholke was also suspended placed on a year-long probation for "violating departmental procedures" and "failing to control the situation that led to an escalation of the incident and a use of force, which may have been avoided.".

The incident, which, was caught on tape, happened at the West 117th RTA station.

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