Lutz charges in a federal lawsuit that she was taken from a 2019 Music Factory concert in handcuffs and charged with passing counterfeit currency.
|Dr. Cordula Davis Lutz|
She spent a night in jail, even though she says she repeatedly told arresting officers that she was a doctor and that she would gladly make good on her beer tab if somehow the bill was a fake. Lutz says she was singled out for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and an illegal search and seizure due to her race.
“People of color experience these issues every day,” says Lutz attorney Alesha Brown. “Many of them have either brushed it off or were left feeling very frustrated but did not know a way to hold people responsible.” Lutz still suffers nightmares from her experiences, which ran on for months of court hearings before the charge was dropped.
The $100 bill is widely counterfeited, particularly overseas where most of the $13.4 billion of the bills in circulation now reside.
Lutz was arrested at the concert for using a counterfeit bill to buy her beer.
She was handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser.
At the jail, an officer refused to remove the cuffs so she could use the restroom. “It was so embarrassing for a stranger to have to pull my pants back up for me because I was unable to do so on my own,” she said.