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Alibay Barkley said he was wrongly arrested on a LANTA bus due to his race.

The father of Penn State star football player Saquon Barkley claims he was wrongly accused of not paying his bus fare, was shocked with a Taser and arrested due to his race.

According to the federal lawsuit filed Friday, Coplay resident Alibay Barkley bought an all-day pass to ride on a Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority bus on Aug. 18, 2016. Barkley stepped off the bus when the driver parked and left but then Barkley got back on when the driver returned.

The driver accused Barkley of not paying his fare. He demanded Barkley swipe his pass, but Barkley refused, saying he had swiped it at a previous stop.

A LANTA security officer called over by the bus driver insulted Barkley, allegedly saying, “God only knows if you showered last night.”

Then the officer called an Allentown police officer to have Barkley removed. When Barkley again refused to swipe the ticket, Allentown police officer Robert Busch pulled him out of the Rosa Parks seat on the bus and deployed a Taser, shocking him, according to the lawsuit. Multiple officers removed Barkley from the bus, the suit says.

Barkley was charged with theft of services, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct but he was exonerated by surveillance video that shows him buying the bus pass, paying at a previous bus stop and shows officer Busch removing the bus pass from Barkley’s wallet and discarding it, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says Barkley was humiliated when he was forced to stand outside the bus in handcuffs for 10 minutes. He was wrongly incarcerated from about 12:30 p.m. on the date of the incident until 11 p.m., the lawsuit says.

“Since it’s pending litigation, we’re not issuing a comment at this time,” said LANTA executive director Owen O’Neil. Allentown solicitor Susan Wild didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

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The lawsuit names the following defendants: bus driver Thomas A. Betzler Sr., the transportation authority itself, an unknown LANTA security officer, Allentown police officers Zachary Thomas Wittman and Robert Busch, Allentown Mayor Edwin Pawlowski, former police chief Keith Morris, and other unknown Allentown police officers.

Barkley seeks more than $150,000 in the 30-count lawsuit filed by Easton attorney John Kotsatos.

Barkley’s son, Saquon Barkley, broke the Penn State University record for rushing yards in a bowl game, racking up 194 yards this year in the Rose Bowl vs. the University of Southern California. The Whitehall High School standout is entering his junior year at Happy Valley.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.