Mifflin Streaker sues PSU, alleges police assault
WILLIAMSPORT — A Penn State student who participated in the 2008 “Mifflin Streak” claims he suffered serious injuries when “blind-sided” by a university police officer and then assaulted.
Christopher Ferry, of West Chester, is seeking more than $150,000 in compensatory and punitive damages in a lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court.
He claims he was one of approximately 1,000 people who participated, on May 5, 2008, in what has become an annual event, and that he was assaulted for no reason as he entered the Pollock quad.
The Mifflin Streak, held the Sunday before spring finals, involves up to several dozen students who take part by running nude or in various states of undress, and hundreds more who turn out to watch. Ferry was nude, according to the court complaint.
The suit contends the university, by allowing it, condones the event.
Ferry alleges Officer David E. Bjorkman, who was wearing dark clothing, jumped out of a concealed location and knocked him to the ground. Ferry claims he staggered to his feet in a startled and dazed state in severe pain when he was viciously tackled a second time. . . .
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