The family of an Oregon man who died a few months after a heart attack after a Target employee mistakenly accused him of having child porn on his phone filed a lawsuit against the retail giant.
The family of Jeffrey Buckmeyer, 43, starts a stunning $ 1 million lawsuit against Target that causes negligence, false arrest and intentional emotional distress that led to his sudden death.
On July 24, 2018, an employee at a Target store in Tigard, Oregon accused Buckmeyer of having child abuse or child pornography material on his cell phone, according to the complaint filed in the Oregon Circuit Court on August 29.
The allegations led to an FBI investigation in which he was arrested for his neighbors and his electronics seized.
A few months after the April probe, Buckmeyer, an insurance vendor who lived alone and had a teenage daughter who lived in California, died of a heart attack, according to NBC.
The family of Oregon husband Jeffrey Buckmeyer, 43, sues Target for $ 1 million for negligence, false arrest and deliberate infliction of emotional distress that led to his sudden death. In July 2018, a Target employee falsely accused him of child pornography on his phone and Buckmeyer died of a heart attack months after an FBI probe found him innocent
Now his Target family is suing on behalf of his estate and suspecting that the stress of being harassed and handcuffed and interrogated as a child in full view of his neighbors has contributed to his heart problems.
In the July incident, Buckmeyer went to the electronics department of a local goal to ask for help in freeing up storage space on his iPhone 6.
The unidentified employee claimed that he had found explicit images and provided shocking details, according to the material according to naked and tied children The Oregonian.
He said he found a folder on the phone that contained more than 1,000 photos, and he viewed 15 to 20 of those photos. He described the nature of those photos in detail and said he saw photos of naked girls who were 10 years or younger and of different ethnic groups. He said that some were stuck in some & # 39; sadomasochistic abuse & # 39; seemed to be.
He said he saw naked photos of Buckmeyer in an excited state.
The employee then warned security personnel that the Buckmeyer license plate was collected and reported to the police.
On July 24, 2018, an employee at a Target store in Tigard, Oregon accused Buckmeyer of having child abuse or material for child pornography on his cell phone. But those accusations only turned out to be false after Buckmeyer was arrested and his electronics seized
A month later in August 2018, Buckmeyer was arrested and searched and the FBI seized various electronic devices from his home.
His neighbors were told about the allegations against him and he was limited in the amount of time he could spend with his daughter, according to the complaint.
Despite a four-month investigation, the FBI has not found any child pornography or evidence that he has ever abused children.
& # 39; No shred, & # 39; said Buckmeyer hired criminal lawyer Graham Fisher.
He was never charged and the case was dropped after the 120 days of court permission to hold Buckmeyer electronics.
Buckmeyer lived alone, was the father of a teenage daughter and had no criminal history. The case was withdrawn after the 120 days of permission granted by the court to keep the electronics of Buckmeyer had expired. File image of an iPhone above
Buckmeyer had no criminal history and when searching his data it turned out that he only had driving offenses and parking tickets.
& # 39; As far as I can see, he was a shooter and lived his life in Tigard, & # 39; said Michael Fuller, the civil lawyer who represents the Buckmeyer estate.
The lawsuit and lawyers in the case say they don't know why the employee made the allegations. The lawsuit alleges that the employee & # 39; intended to cause severe emotional stress & # 39; to Buckmeyer with his & # 39; intentional scandalous and extreme decision to falsely accuse him & # 39 ;.
The suit says that Buckmeyer employee & # 39; severe ongoing anxiety & # 39; caused.
Target did not specify whether the employee who made these allegations is still employed by the retail giant.
& # 39; Target's fake report wasted FBI time and resources that could have been used to pursue real criminals. We hope that this lawsuit will cause a change in Target's corporate policy so that it does not happen again with another innocent victim, & # 39; Fuller told NBC.
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