Broward County

Family involved in 'droopy' pants incident sues sheriff

Five members of a Wellington family who were arrested at the Mall at Wellington Green in December 2007 over what started as a case of droopy drawers have sued the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Accusing Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and three deputies of false arrest, malicious prosecution and civil rights violations, Marthe, Joseph, Frantz and Samantha Leger and Pierre Odige are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The chaotic scene, that led to their arrests, began when Frantz Leger, then 20, went to the mall in violation of a trespass warning he received about four months earlier for wearing his pants too low. When he returned in December wearing pants slung low on his hips, he was arrested.

When family members objected, they were arrested, too, after the agency responded with about 20 deputies, two canine units and a helicopter.

In the lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, they claim they all beat the charges that were filed against them. Two were found not guilty at trial and charges were dropped against three, according to the lawsuit.

A sheriff's office attorney wasn't immediately available for comment.

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