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Woman files civil rights lawsuit against BRPD

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Posted: Sep 19, 2011 10:57 AM by Breanna Biehl
Updated: Sep 19, 2011 6:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: baton rouge, suit, brpd, officer, robert schilling, melinda morris, hair, pulling, arrest, lawsuit, civil rights, wbrz, louisiana

BATON ROUGE- A woman has filed suit against the Baton Rouge Police Dept. and officer Robert Schilling, claiming he violated her civil rights when he pulled her by her hair during an arrest.

Melinda Morris claims Schilling pushed her, grabbed her hair and then wrongfully arrested her at the scene of a crash on Nicholson Dr. in Baton Rouge.

Her attorney, Eulius Simien, Jr., says his client has been exposed to "intentional infliction of mental distress, assault, battery, defamation, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution."

"She's at a total loss as to why the police officer acted the way he did," Simien said. "We would like to see this moved along as quickly as possible, and I think it will be in federal court. And we would like to see what Mr. Schilling has to say in his response."

Baton Rouge Police did not comment on the lawsuit, and are continuing the internal investigation of the incident.

View a copy of the lawsuit here.

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