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Shoplifter Sues 7-Eleven Over Altercation Caught on Video

Nov 13, 2013 | 5:30 AM    Written By: Russell V
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In October 2012 a long, odd and viral video surfaced showing a group of 7-Eleven employees struggling to subdue a man suspected of shoplifting a candy bar from the 7-Eleven on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The prolonged wrangling left the suspect, David Golson, nearly naked. When the police finally arrived, he was charged with robbery, assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property. But in a classic twist, he's now suing 7-Eleven for causing him emotional distress.

"The employees intentionally, brutally and violently assaulted [Golson] in a manner completely disproportionate to what they were accusing him of: stealing a candy bar," Golson's lawyer argues in court papers obtained by the Post. "Employees pulled, beat, bit and stripped [Golson] despite his repeated requests to be released and his claims of innocence."

According to the Post, the case is still pending, but the pain caused by the viral video documenting his arrest will live on forever. The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, argues that the "widespread dissemination of images showing [Golson] stripped almost naked have caused [him] to suffer severe humiliation, mental anguish and emotional distress from which he may never recover."

Source: New York Post 

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