Attorney Walter Bernard sues Judge Philip A. Ignelzi

Attorney Walter Bernard, on the left, and Judge Philip A. Ignelzi, on the right. (Bernard and Associates/YouTube; Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania)

A Black attorney and former NFL player was forcibly arrested and hauled into court wearing shackles where he was eventually forced to settle a civil lawsuit or remain behind bars, a federal lawsuit claims.

Walter Bernard is a Pittsburgh-area attorney who alleged that on May 3, he was wrongly arrested, forcibly removed from his residence in front of his neighbors, and then imprisoned for a day at the behest of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Philip A. Ignelzi, according to the 30-page lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

The complaint alleges numerous and ongoing violations of the attorney’s – and his family’s – civil and constitutional rights.

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