Lawsuit says Missouri City man arrested with erroneous warrant

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Dec. 12, 2013, 11:17am

HOUSTON - A Missouri City man is suing the city of Sugar Land and one of its police officers over what he asserts is an "illegal" arrest, recent court papers say.

A lawsuit filed Dec. 6 in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas claims the apprehension occurred on Jan. 22, 2012, when officer Jeffrey Glass pulled plaintiff Armando Delgado Morales over.

According to the suit, Glass served Morales with a warrant that did not bear his name. The warrant reportedly sought an Armando Silvero Morales.

Morales adds he repeatedly pleaded with the officer that he was not the individual targeted by the warrant, but was nonetheless arrested and incarcerated, stating his family witnessed the events for which he sues.

"His civil rights were violated as a result of a policy of the city of Sugar Land whereby it permitted the arrest of individuals without adequate verification of their identity," the original petition says.

It further insists that Morales's Hispanic identity "was the primary reason why the officer in question assumed that he had committed a crime."

A jury trial is requested.

Attorney Gregory W. Canfield of the Law Offices of Gregory W. Canfield PC in San Antonio is representing the plaintiff.

Case No. 4:13-CV-3575

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