A man who spent a night in lockup after an incident involving a police detective outside Symphony Hall is suing both the detective and the city, which he says had known for years the cop had issues but failed to address them.
In his lawsuit, filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Sean Anderson charges he had just pulled over to let an ambulance go by on Mass. Ave. on the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2012, when he heard a loud bang from his trunk and saw what he thought was a security guard in a fluorescent green vest going around his car in the rear:
Mr. Anderson lowered his window and asked, “Did you just hit my car?”
The man said he did.
In response, Mr. Anderson said, “What the fuck?”
The man suddenly lunged towards Mr. Anderson, screaming, “What the fuck? Fuck you! I’ll tell you what the fuck!” He then reached into the car, grabbed the keys, and yelled for Mr. Anderson to get out of the car.
The man opened Mr. Anderson’s car door, put his hands around the neck, then grabbed Mr. Anderson by his clothes and pulled him out of the car.
Anderson says he told them man he didn't know was a cop and that in response, Wright pulled up his vest and showed his BPD badge, clipped to his belt underneath.
He says he was so scared by Lysander Wright's behavior he didn't fully believe he was a cop and jumped back in the car, locked the doors and called 911 - only to be dragged out again by the throat by Wright, who had earlier reached in and grabbed the car's keys. He alleges that Wright told arriving officers - who included then-Deputy Superintendent William Evans - two completely different stories about what had happened.
Anderson says Wright has a history of complaints going back years that the department failed to do anything about - including beating his own daughter with a bottle in 2003 and being arrested in a prostitution sting in Lynn last year.
Anderson is seeking unspecified damages and penalties.