City leaders to decide on $30k settlement in hair-pulling case
BATON ROUGE- City leaders are set to decide Wednesday on a $30,000 settlement for a woman suing the city over an incident involving a police officer.
Melinda Morris has said an officer pulled her by her hair and forced her to fall into a ditch in September 2011. Morris said another officer eventually intervened in what Morris' attorney described as excessive force.
The incident happened after a car wreck.
Police maintained Morris hit Sgt. Robert Schilling causing him to use force. Morris and her attorney dispute that; "Morris did nothing to provoke this officer," attorney Eulius Simien said in an interview with WBRZ News 2 after the ordeal.
In March 2012, Morris pleaded no contest to interfering with an officer and received a suspended 10-day prison sentence and put her on bench probation for three months.
According to WBRZ file reports, Sgt. Schilling was put on a 15-day suspension for violating department policies relating to the incident.
The settlement requires approval from Metro Council members and may be discussed privately, in what is called executive session, according to the city's agenda for Wednesday. The meeting begins at 4 p.m.
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