Three African-American boys are suing a Tampa security company for harassment and false arrest after being “terrorized” near a construction site.
Francisco E. and Francesco L. Bradshaw Jr. – also known as Junior Bradshaw – are 17-year-old twins from Hillsborough County. The boy’s mother is Kaytura S. Finley; their father is Francesco Levando Bradshaw, Sr.
Ruskin resident Caleb McDonald, also 17, is the twins’ first cousin.
According to a lawsuit filed March 2 in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, in 2013, the Bradshaw twins and McDonald – each 13-years-old and in the seventh grade at the time – claim they were “walking peacefully” on a sidewalk in their neighborhood near a hospital construction site.
While the lawsuit does not specify an exact location, the site is likely in Riverview where Lincoln Road connects with St. Joseph’s Hospital South. The lawsuit also says that at the time of the 2013 incident, the three youths have never been arrested, nor disciplined at school.
Although the boys claim they never came closer than 30 feet to the site, two employees of AAA Security Protection – wearing “all black SWAT-type clothing” – allegedly ran up to them, yelling profanities and ordering them to lie on the ground. The three say they were handcuffed, threatened and photographed. After 30 minutes or so, the men eventually let the boys go with a warning.
They are seeking damages for false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and battery, and infliction of emotional distress.
Incorporated in 2009, AAA Security Protection, which was located at 1448 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon, had been administratively dissolved in 2015. Its president was Brian Hughes, who records suggest could be the same person as 42-year-old Ruskin resident Brian Paul Hughes.
Plaintiffs say Hughes was the owner of AAA Security Protection.