A black man is suing a Florida sheriff after a judge found he was not entitled to an apology after he was caught with an illegal weapon, court documents show.
The 32-year-old, whose name was not released in court records, had been arrested last year for violating probation stemming from an alleged drug deal.
He was released after posting $25,000 bond and was supposed to return to court on Jan. 2, but on Tuesday, he was again detained.
In court papers, attorneys for Slick Aarons, a Florida man who was sentenced to two years in prison last year after he pleaded guilty to the weapons charge, said a judge denied his request for an apology and ordered him held in custody for at least a month.
The sheriff’s office said in a statement that Slick was released from jail on his own recognizance, but he will remain in jail for the rest of the month.
Slick has said he did not have a gun, but the lawsuit alleges he has a valid concealed weapons permit and said the weapon was a .45-caliber pistol.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks $1 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages.