Pa. State Police pay high price for lesson in constitutional law

Paul Kurtz
February 18, 2019 - 4:00 am



JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- The Pennsylvania State Police has paid a high price for a lesson in Constitutional Law.   

It happens all the time: A repo man shows up to take possession of a vehicle, and the owner comes out and tries to stop him. But a confrontation in Johnstown in 2016 went to another level when the repo man called the cops and the car owner sued a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

"He threatened her with breaking the window. He threatened her with arrest and told her the repo man had to take the car that night."

Narberth-based attorney Andrew Milz represented Angela Hyman in a case that ended earlier this month with the jury ordering trooper Bryan Devlin to pay his client $500,000 in punitive damages.

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Milz is hoping that whopping award will send a powerful message.

"This verdict by this jury in Johnstown can have an impact on consumers and individuals across the country. The repo man will take note that he can't get the police involved. And the police will take note that they have to stand back and not involve themselves in private disputes between the consumer and the bank."