A special education teacher is suing Metro and several police officers who, he claims, falsely arrested him on a charge of patronizing a prostitute.
Dejuan Parker is suing Metro government along with several Metro police officers after his Feb. 24, 2010, arrest on a patronizing a prostitute charge for allegedly soliciting an undercover officer during a two-day prostitution operation along Dickerson Pike.
Parker claims he refused the officer’s proposition. The charges against him were dropped that April for lack of evidence, according to the suit.
He is seeking $250,000 in damages as well as unspecified punitive damages against Metro for, according to the suit, civil rights violations, malicious prosecution and false arrest, and emotional distress.
In the suit, Parker claims he was sitting in his car on his cell phone when an undercover officer walked up and asked him for money. Parker asked why but claims he didn’t get a response.
Later when the undercover officer invited Parker to a nearby motel room, he refused but soon after officers moved in and charged him.
According to the court filing, Parker is married with two children and has taught special education students for five years as well as volunteered with the Big Brothers of Nashville program.