PHOENIX (AP) – A Black man filed a $2.5 million claim on Sept. 23 against the city of Tempe, Arizona, after a police officer held him at gunpoint while looking for a white suspect at a hotel.
A notice of claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — was filed by hotel employee Trevonyae Cumpian stemming from his Aug. 29 detention by Tempe police Officer Ronald Kerzaya.
Body-camera footage showed Kerzaya responded to the Hawthorn Suites hotel based on reports involving an armed white man.
While searching for the man, the footage shows, Kerzaya held Cumpian, who works as a front-desk employee, at gunpoint despite Cumpian not matching the suspect description. Kerzaya would not lower his gun until he confirmed the man was a hotel employee.