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Suit Filed Against Tennessee Officers

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BEVERLY MAJORS
Courtesy of The Oak Ridger

Oak Ridge, TN -- A LaFollette woman has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against two Lake City police officers and the city of Lake City, alleging assault and battery against a 12-year-old girl.

The lawsuit also requests from the city that a permanent injunction be required to implement policies and procedures for officers for the search of persons other than those specified in a search warrant, and for the firing of weapons while a citizen is in the line of fire and zone of danger.

The woman, listed as Jane Doe, of LaFollette, filed the suit with a minor child. The child is listed as plaintiff on the complaint as T.D. but in the body of the suit as J.D. Jane Doe is the adult sister of the child.

The complaint is an action for damages incurred by J.D., the child, resulting from an assault and battery; abuse of process; malicious harassment; false imprisonment; and violations of her constitutional rights. The complaint stems from an incident at her home on Oct. 10, 2003.

The complaint states that officers Todd Johnston and Marc Shelton came to the girl's home on Railroad Avenue to serve a search warrant.

The girl lived there with her mother. The complaint states the officers ordered the girl, her mother and a neighbor onto the floor, and later put the girl in a kitchen chair, the mother in the living room and asked the neighbor to leave.

At one point, the officers lifted the girl's shirt exposing her breasts and ordered her to pull down her pants to her knees.

The girl was then ordered to stay in a kitchen chair for more than two hours, the complaint states.

The complaint also accuses Johnston of shooting the family's dog in the paw.

The dog was standing between Johnston and the girl and the bullet went between the girl's legs, the complaint alleges.

The complaint states that the girl suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and that her liberty and privacy was unreasonably denied her.

The suit states that "J.D. suffered such fear from these events that she would no longer live at the residence where these events occurred; she suffered nightmares; she would not sleep by herself until recently; she fears that this will happen to her again; and her trust and faith in police officers has been destroyed."

The complaint was filed Wednesday by Knoxville attorney Herbert S. Moncier in the Circuit Court for Anderson County.

An October 2003 Lake City police report states that officers searched the house after an informant bought crack cocaine from the mother. The report also states that officers asked the girl to empty her pockets and a rock of cocaine fell to the floor. The rock weighed about 4 grams.

The report states that four officers were inside the house while searching and that the woman's pit bull terrier bit Johnston several times, ran toward another officer and then came back toward Johnston. Johnston shot the dog after attempting several times to kick it off.

Officers found crack cocaine and $1,673 in cash in the house. The mother told police she had been selling crack out of the house to help get her boyfriend out of jail.

Reports said she told officers her boyfriend had been selling drugs from her house until he was arrested and then she took over the business.

Reports said the mother was not arrested at the time and was given the opportunity to seek treatment for the dog. She was also asked to quarantine the dog because she had no records of vaccinations.

Johnston was treated for multiple dog bites at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.

The complaint was filed Oct. 8 by Knoxville attorney Herbert S. Moncier in the Circuit Court for Anderson County.

Moncier also represents an Oak Ridge man who accused an Oak Ridge officer of police brutality. The officer has since resigned from the Police Department.

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Sounds to me like a case of..."Quick, think of a good complaint so they will bargain and drop the case of drug dealing..."
 

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Thats too bad......the bullet didnt blow the dogs head off. Mom shouldnt have had the daughter hide a rock where she thought the cops would be too stupid to look. :BM:
 

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Exactly... I'm disgusted by the way shitbird parents use their kids to their own illicit activities. THey should be ashamed of themselves!! Gotta love it though, you need a license to drive, a license to breed certain animals, but you don't need a license to raise a child :shock: Like they say "some people just should NOT breed"
 

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Its a horrible situation, Too bad it wasn't the mother attacking and getting the bullet. Then this f*&kstick has the balls to file suit against the cops. C'mon if it wasn't for the drug dealing this situation would have never occured and if it wasn't for the fuckstick mother putting crack in her daughters pocket, her daughter would not have been subject to such an extensive search. People like this make me sick, no wonder drug arrests feel so good because drugs breed activity like this!
 

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Naturally, in the world of "progressive politics", exposing a child to drug dealing and violence is fine...but law and order and a moral code are detrimental to the child's development!

A vote for Kerry is a vote for "progressive policies"! :twisted:
 

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This makes no sense. Cops went in, told them to get on the ground, told a nieghbor that could be a possible suspect to screw. Then lifted up her shirt and took down her pants while she sat in a chair and the more likely than not diseased pitbull somehow was able to fit under a twelve year olds legs with its front paws out enough to get shot.

This makes to sense. Probally cause it didnt happen. I wonder of the attorneys name is Lionel Hutz. :roll:
 
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