A black Maryland father has filed a lawsuit against Six Flags America claiming he was beat and handcuffed by security guards after a white female employee called for help during a dispute over him not wearing a shirt inside the park.
Nicholaus Mims said he was visiting Six Flags America over Father's Day weekend with his family when he was thrown to the ground and attacked as he was walking to his car.
Mims said the incident started when his 12-year-old son disappeared from the water park they were at and he went searching for the boy.
According to a lawsuit obtained by the Washington Post, Mims was with his son at Hurricane Harbor when the child ran off. Mims said he had taken his shirt off while at the water park, and took off searching other areas of Six Flags when he noticed his son was nowhere in sight.
Mims said as he ran through Six Flags looking for the boy a couple security guards told him that it was against park rules not to have a shirt on. The frantic father said he explained what was going on and they let him continue searching.
Nicholaus Mims said he was attacked and beaten by security guards at Six Flags America because he wasn't wearing a shirt inside the park
Mims eventually found his son safe playing arcade games. He said he called his wife, who had his shirt in her bag, and told her where to meet them.
'You don't know what crazy people are going to do out here,' Mims told the Washington Post. 'Everything flashes through your mind at that time. You're worried.'
He added: 'I'm nervous, afraid and scared because I can't find my child. Not one time did anyone say, "Is something wrong? Do you need any help?"'
According to Mims, a white female security guard approached him minutes after he found his son and told him he needed to put a shirt on. He said he tried explaining that his wife was on her way with his shirt.
The Maryland father said his son went missing in the park and he was trying to find him
'In response, the Caucasian female employee