Woman Sues Cop, Claims He Arrested Her For Being A 'Bleeding-Heart Liberal'

Darian Balcom claimed the officer called her a "bleeding-heart liberal," and referred to her as "sweetheart."

Pittsburgh, PA – A Pittsburgh landlord has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, alleging that an officer arrested her because she is not support President Donald Trump.

Darian Balcom said that the Pittsburgh Police Officer Gabe Figueroa also referred to her as “sweetheart,” and called her a “bleeding-heart liberal,” according to the federal lawsuit filed on Thursday, KDKA reported.

In her lawsuit, Balcom claimed that Officer Gabe Figueroa violated her equal protection and free speech rights.

Balcom, who owns a small Brighton Heights apartment building, said that the incident occurred in December of 2017, after she went into a home across the street to rescue some dogs at the request of the homeowner.

The dogs had been abandoned at the house by one of her neighbor’s tenants, she said.

While she was there, Balcom also spotted two cats, and took them all home with her, the New York Post reported.

In the meantime, someone contacted the Pittsburgh Police Department (PPD) to report that someone had broken into the building where Balcom had picked up the animals, KDKA reported.

“Suddenly, there were many police officers in my building,” Balcom told the news outlet. “Apparently [the police] were told there was a burglary in process.”

At one point during his conversation with Balcom, Officer Figueroa allegedly called her “sweetheart,” she said.

“I responded, ‘don’t call me sweetheart,’ because I thought it was just being very disrespectful,” she told KDKA.

She then asked Officer Figueroa whether or not “he was performing his duties in accordance with his training,” the lawsuit read, according to the New York Post.

At that point, Officer Figueroa allegedly asked Balcom if she supported President Donald Trump.

“She responded that she was not a Trump supporter,” the lawsuit said. “Defendant Figueroa told Ms. Balcom that he was glad Trump had won the election.”

She claims that Officer Figueroa told her that she “had not done anything wrong,” but that he was going to arrest her anyway “because she had ‘sassed’ the officers,” according to the lawsuit.

Balcom’s friend and associate, Matthew Grebner, said he witnessed the exchange between her and the officer.

“He said she hadn’t really done anything wrong but she sassed the police,” Grebner claimed. “‘She was just trying to help out animals, but she’s a bleeding-heart liberal. She can’t sass the police so she’s getting arrested.’”

Balcom was charged with felony criminal trespassing, felony burglary, and misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking, the New York Post reported.

The charges against her have since been dismissed, according to the lawsuit.

Balcom alleged that Officer Figueroa violated her constitutional right to “criticize the police and express political views and affiliations,” the New York Post reported.

Referring to her as “sweetheart” was gender discrimination, she added.

“I think the entire situation could have been avoided if Officer Figueroa had basic respect for Ms. Balcom and for her fundamental constitutional rights,” her attorney, Margaret Coleman, said in an interview with KDKA.

“He should not have called her ‘sweetheart,’” Coleman railed. “That’s not an appropriate way for an officer to address a member of the public.”

“It was very frightening,” Balcom added.

Coleman also said that Officer Figueroa was there to investigate a crime, and that politics should not have been discussed at any point.

Officer Figueroa arrested Balcom in “retaliation” for her beliefs, Coleman alleged.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to “send a message to other police officers” that citizens will not “permit them to abuse their power,” the attorney added.

“Even beyond the harm to me, it is very frightening for our country I think, if it’s even possible here, in the United States, to get thrown in jail because of who you vote for or don’t vote for,” Balcom lamented. “I was always taught that that simply does not happen here, but apparently it does.”

Officer Figueroa said he was not allowed to comment on the pending lawsuit due to department policy and procedure, the New York Post reported.

The city also refused to comment on pending litigation.

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Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I really hope there's body cam footage because her story sounds as believable as Jussie Smollett and his 2am Subway run in "this is MAGA country" Chicago lie!!
But apparently she is a crybaby Liberal who is shy a few sandwiches of a picnic basket!! Crazy ass biatch!!

Fighting4u
Fighting4u

Sounds like a case of Trumpophobia! Liberal whackass! Lock her up for being an idiot!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

What a sweetheart.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Sweetheart, you should have called the police first and asked for help getting in so it wouldn’t have been considered a burglary. Trump 2020

BLM ALL LIVES MATTER
BLM ALL LIVES MATTER

U have got to be kidding me!!! What a disgrace this lady is! I think as part of her lawsuit the cop’s defense attorney should have her sent for a mental health evaluation and easily get to the root of her issues. Court should dismiss this as a frivolous lawsuit and bar her from refilling anything against LEO!!

asillyrabbit551
asillyrabbit551

something smells rotten in Denmark.

Skidoo
Skidoo

The idea for our police to go on a nationwide strike would cause the already deteriorated conditions in blue dominated areas to explode with crime and chaos. Personally I would prefer to see police walk away and let the cop haters go after each other.

Judgesson
Judgesson

I smell a ghetto lottery in the works! Bet the city officials will settle out of court and she will get the magic number!

What a litigious society this country has become!

What a crazy nation this has become that’s brought to you by the Obammy period.

So glad that Barrack and Michael are out. Just wish they would shut their pie holes!

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

According to Webster's dictionary a sweetheart is defined as:

  1. A darling
  2. One who is loved
  3. A generally likeable person
  4. A remarkable one of a kind. What's her problem other than being stupid?
BillZJ
BillZJ

I don't believe it. I can't see ANYONE calling her "sweetheart".

61mouse
61mouse

This must be the white version of the ghetto lottery

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I can’t believe it. What’s next?

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

She is lying n so is her witness. She is a bleeding heart nut case

5150
5150

This is made up bull shit. She is looking for attention and a payday.

Jazzboj
Jazzboj

What a dumb slunt

Richmac
Richmac

I'm not sure what the whole story really is, but it does seem weird that she was charged with several felonies and then they were dismissed.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Hahahaha....... "It was very frightening!" Yes of course it was........sweetheart. Now get on home and turn on your AC before you melt......snowflakel.