Video: La. Woman Pulled from Ditch by Hair Sues Cops
September 20, 2011
VIDEO: Officer Pulls Woman's Hair During Arrest
A Louisiana woman pulled from a ditch by a Baton Rouge Police officer at an accident scene has filed suit against the officers, including Sgt. Robert Schilling, who was captured on video dragging her by the hair.
Melinda Morris, who filed suit on Monday, has said Sgt. Schilling's action made her feel "like a piece of crap. Like a dog, like I was useless. I was a rag doll and I was crap underneath his shoe and it was inhumane what he did to me," WAFB reported on Sept. 12.
Chief DeWayne White has said the move "appears excessive." The officer's attorney has countered that dashboard video shows Morris punching the officer several times prior to the incident.
Morris and several family members were involved in a motorcycle wreck on Nicholson Drive near Lee. After officers responded, Morris argued with Schilling who she claims was trying to keep her son from approaching his father who was injured in the wreck.
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James @ 9/20/2011 8:25 PM
HEADLINE NEWS!!! POLICE OFFICER SUES WOMAN AFTER SHE PUNCHES HIM SEVERAL TIMES DURING ARREST!!!!!!!!! MAYBE MORE LAWSUITS FROM POLICE OFFICERS AGAINST PEOPLE THAT STRIKE THEM IS WHAT SHOULD START HAPPENING. WHERE DOES IT SAY THAT OFFICERS HAVE TO CONTINUE TO BE KICKED AROUND, PUSHED AROUND AND ASSAULTED BY THE CITIZENS THEY SERVE. PULLING THE HAIR GOT THE JOB DONE, I GUESS THE USE OF A TASER OR PEPPER SPRAY OR EVEN IF THE OFFICER HAD USED PHYSICAL FORCE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN WRONG.
michael @ 9/20/2011 9:19 PM
Better off pulling her hair then knocking out her teeth...... thats if she had any.
Tom @ 9/20/2011 9:47 PM
If the officer grabbed the woman by the arm and left a bruise he would be accused of using too much force. It hurts to have your hair pulled but not near as much as being sprayed with cap stun or shot with a taser. From the lawyer's perspective the officer needs more training in sweet talk.
Fed Cop @ 9/21/2011 7:43 AM
Uumm..., "Chief DeWayne White has said the move "appears excessive". Sounds like the first volley of throwing the Sgt under the bus by the Chief.
MJ Turnbow @ 9/21/2011 11:56 AM
I agree with Fed Cop. I am second in command in my agency and there is no way I am going to make a statement until I review the completed IA report. Appears excessive?????? Punch the officer in the face several times and her only complaint is that he pulled her by the hair???!!! "Appears" to me the officer used considerable restraint!!!!!!
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