A single father of four is taking legal action against the Dallas Police Department and multiple officers after an erroneous arrest and mistreatment during a traffic stop.
Silvester Hayes was on his way to pick up breakfast for his children when Dallas PD Officers Walter Paul Guab and Holly Harris pulled him over, citing his failure to signal at a stop sign.
Hayes fully cooperated, offering his driver’s license to Officer Guab and disclosing his lawfully registered firearm in the vehicle. However, Officer Harris informed Guab that they were searching for someone named “Sylvester” with a domestic violence warrant. Unfortunately, both officers mistakenly identified Silvester as the suspect.
Misguided by this misinformation, the police quickly escalated the situation.
As more officers arrived at the scene, Hayes was subjected to physical violence, tasering, and rough handling, ultimately being placed in the back of a police car. It was only then that Officer Harris checked his license and realized they had apprehended the wrong person.
Despite this mix-up, Hayes claims he was still charged with “resisting arrest” and spent several days behind bars.
Due to this wrongful arrest, Hayes alleges that he lost his job, his home, and his ability to support his children.