Treffly Coyne, a mom from Tinley Park, Illinois who was accused by Crestwood police of child endangerment after leaving her child in a car — the charges were later dropped — has filed a lawsuit against the village. Coyne is claiming false arrest and malicious prosecution. Hmmm, while we’re on the side of Coyne in that we think the initial charge was bogus, she might lose some of the goodwill she gained with people that are rather tired of this lawsuit happy society.
Flanked by her husband and three daughters, Ellen “Treffly” Coyne said officers acted brashly and failed to use common sense when they arrested her in December.
“This moment of giving turned into aggressive boom, boom, boom, accusations in a minute,” Coyne said at a news conference in her lawyer’s Loop office.
Coyne’s husband, Tim Janecyk, said the family had hoped to move on with their lives after the charges were dropped last week but decided to file the lawsuit after Crestwood Police Chief Timothy Sulikowski told the media he was disappointed prosecutors did not pursue the case.
The couple said the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, is not about money but is about closure and holding officials responsible.
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