Hurricane Relief Providers Sue Sheriff and Casino Security for Brutality

Businessmen say they were abused by casino security en route to delivering SUV of hurricane supplies


After several days, Mr. Toth, Mr. Schmitz, and Mr. Moon got out of jail after they each posted a bond of approximately $25,000.00, despite having no criminal record. They returned home without delivering their hurricane relief supplies as they planned, although they did provide water to the bondsmen who assisted with their release. Nonetheless, until charges were recently dropped, they faced criminal charges in a city 1,300 miles away for crimes they did not commit.

"Mr. Toth, Mr. Schmitz, and Mr. Moon did not deserve the brutality, the arrest and confinement without probable cause under such horrendous and inhumane conditions," said their attorney, Birmingham, Michigan-based attorney Norman A. Yatooma. "Under the law, Harrah's Entertainment and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department are responsible for adopting and enforcing policies and rules preventing these kinds of misconduct. Nevertheless, Mr. Toth, Mr. Schmitz, and Mr. Moon intend to hold Harrah's Entertainment and Calcasieu Sheriff Department responsible under the Constitution and the law. This misconduct was not negligent, but intentional, and was perpetrated by deputies and guards enforcing established policies, procedures and practices."

Norman Yatooma and Associates is a full service law firm offering expertise in civil and criminal cases in its Oakland, Macomb and Emmett County offices. While the firm has a wide range of practice groups and areas, it specializes in complex litigation, including complex commercial, constitutional, and tort litigation.

SOURCE Norman Yatooma & Associates, P.C.