NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Two men have filed a lawsuit against Northwoods Mall after they say they were wrongfully arrested in 2016 when they were still in high school.

The civil lawsuit the teenagers were shoved, searched, and detained while walking in the mall.

The teens, who are from out of state and were not aware of a new policy for teenagers to be chaperoned through the mall, were stopped and asked for identification before being told to leave.  The new Youth Escort Policy forbids people younger than 18 from being in the mall without a chaperone.   The policy had been in effect for less than one month prior to the incident. 

The pair says they believed that they were singled out for questioning and detainment based on their race. 

As they left, another officer shoved them against a wall, searched them, and then detained them, according to court filings.

After being placed in handcuffs, the boys were then threatened with charges.  We also learned that the mall didn’t take any steps to contact Jordan’s mother, Yolanda, even though she was in the mall, the lawsuit went on to say.

The suit alleges a violation of constitutional rights and emotional and mental harm. They’re seeking actual and punitive damages determined by a jury. 

Count on 2 tried reaching out to Northwoods Mall for a comment, tells us they have no statement.

The men are being represented by the McLeod Law Group and Savage Law Firm.

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