My question involves civil rights in the State of: pa
Approximately 6:30 p.m. on May 6th, 2011 I arrived at the River's casino in Pittsburgh, PA . I entered the main entrance of the casino and was approached by a suited security guard with a bad attitude whom requested my ID. Like most people I am right handed and at the time had a half cast on for a broken metacarpal. The cast made it difficult for me to retrieve my ID out of my wallet, I wasn't willing to do so. Being 34 and having played dozens of times before at the Rivers without being carded, I felt it was absurd to do so. I could of had a bit of an attitude because I had just recently found out that chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant, and immunotherapy wasn't helping the cancer condition I've been battling for nearly 5 years. That being said, I was interrogated about the contents of my sling pack backpack etc.. I refused to comply and turned around and left, I was hungry and needed some fresh air to vent some steam. The security guard yells at me in front of everyone. "DON'T COME BACK'! I got a cab and some food, while talking on my phone to Sam (a nice poker floor staff member) to see if I could get permitted back into the casino to play some poker.
Sam, knowing I have a history of being a "class act" type of player, assured me it was fine to play if i was willing to show my ID if asked. I was willing to upon reentry. Sam said he would clear it up with security and get clearance for me to play. After contacting the head of security, Sam assured me that I was welcome in any entrance. I showed up at the main entrance about 7:15 and made my way to the poker room without a problem. The poker room was slammed with wait lists on all games. I signed up for 2-5 nlh with "ZEE" at the front desk. I decided to make some reservations at the steakhouse and make a phone call on the second floor near the buffet where it's quieter than the main floor and has cell reception as well. I sat down on a bench on the second floor and wrote a text on my phone. I hear a menacing and threatening voice from behind, "I thought I told you to not come back". It was the security guard that initially carded me. I made the decision to flee for the exit or at least go to where i had witnesses and felt more comfortable being confronted by security. I hurriedly made my way down the escalator and was swarmed on by half a dozen security guards and brought to the casino floor. I was cuffed hands behind my back and ankles shackled. Meanwhile, I yelled as loud as I could "I'm innocent" and "let me go". I was completely sober and was not doing anything illegal. At least 100-200 people saw this because it was 7:30ish on a Friday and the place was packed.
I was picked up and taken out of a door adjacent to the escalators. That night it was raining and I was thrown down on the wet asphalt while shackled, I literally bounced and skidded across the ground while being shackled. I was then continually verbally threatened for my life, I was tazed extensively, I kept proclaiming my innocence. After I got tazed they piled on top of my back and put all their pressure into various pressure point positions, behind the ears was the most memorable. They literally nearly suffocated me by piling on top of me. All my clothes and backpack were cut off of me. Then, things got quiet and thats when the state police showed up. I was finally able to breathe and I remember security guards shouting "blue 302" . Some sort of gel capsule was shoved up my right nostril and then they gave me a shot on the inside of my right bicep and it was lights out for me.
I woke up in a hospital gown and was told that they were performing a ct scan to see if my skull was fractured. I was refused access to my phone and the request of taking pictures of my injured face. I was placed in some sort of holding cell for 27 hrs. and then transported to a psych ward for three and a half weeks. It took two weeks before my lawyer was permitted to talk to me. One good thing I can say good about the security is that they didn't take any of my money I had on me.
I had no history of being involuntarily committed until that happened. Also, I don't have a criminal record. The reason I am posting is because I need to find a good lawyer and/or legal advice on how to proceed with a lawsuit.