Drunk woman hurt when police constrained her awarded $30K

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 10:12pm
 

The Metro Council voted Tuesday night to pay $30,000 to settle a suit involving a woman who was arrested while intoxicated, taken to the Criminal Justice Center and injured while officers tried to constrain her when she became verbally abusive. 

Metro has already paid more than $27,000 in medical expenses accrued by Yolanda Mitchell, whom Metro police arrested on Nov. 7, 2010. 

Tuesday’s unanimous vote added another $30,000 to the city’s bill after the Metro Department of Law recommended that the council settle because a court could rule that the police department acted negligently in hiring or supervising.  

While going through the booking process under the supervision of two police officers on the night of her arrest, Mitchell became “verbally abusive” to a third officer, according to the council’s legal analysis. 

"The officer pushed Ms. Mitchell away from him and left, but returned after being called back by booking personnel,” the analysis reads. “Ms. Mitchell once again confronted the police officer, who pushed her a second time while she was handcuffed causing her to hit her head on the ground. Ms. Mitchell sustained head injuries resulting from the fall.”

Mitchell would later file a personal injury lawsuit against the city. 

The police department terminated the officer involved in the incident. He has appealed his termination through the Civil Service Commission. 

14 Comments on this post:

By: treehugger7 on 10/5/11 at 6:26

Constrained? That word is not in my dictionary. Does anyone at City Paper know that this is not a word? I assume you mean "restrained". Try a dictionary, people!

By: cottontowner on 10/5/11 at 7:29

According to Webster's, "constrain" is a verb meaning to force by imposed stricture, restriction, or limitation. Perfect word for the circumstances.

By: treehugger7 on 10/5/11 at 7:52

Thanks for the info--I must have a lousy dictionary!

By: govskeptic on 10/5/11 at 8:05

So, the message from the Council and Police Chief is that the
dept personnel shouldn't arrest drunk women! This entire case
stinks to the high heavens! The Dept of Law has again shown
for about the 100th time what a push over they are in any case
that is filed against the city. Only encourages more!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/5/11 at 11:39

gov, you have poor reading comprehension. the message is - arrest the drunks but don't shove them and cause them head injuries once they are in custody.

By: govskeptic on 10/6/11 at 5:54

It's not my comprehension, but the difference in attitude toward the
story being read might be different than someone with very different
brain set! Personal responsibility still matters even though less and
less daily it appears.

By: GUARDIAN on 10/6/11 at 8:49

GUARDIAN- Yolanda Mitchell !!! Yolanda Mitchell !!! Just who and what is Yolanda Mitchell? I bet the NAAWP had her back.

By: ACitizen on 10/6/11 at 10:14

A Citizen
Ditto from Nazi2 to govskeptic: arrest the drunks but don't shove them and cause them head injuries once they are in custody.

Guardian, who is the NAAWP?

By: TITAN1 on 10/6/11 at 11:14

Another bogus case. She was drunk and getting in the officer's face. She bumps her head (which probably has no feeling at this point) on the ground while being handcuffed and she sues and wins. What a joke. Another example of the criminal being the victim.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 10/6/11 at 12:09

she didn't just bump her head while being handcuffed. she was shoved by a police officer WHILE ALREADY handcuffed. i support police officers and know they have a tough job, but there is no excuse for police brutality. it should not be acceptible.

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By: TITAN1 on 10/7/11 at 8:23

Blanketnazi2, you are correct. I must have read the story while preoccupied with something else. If she was already handcuffed there was no reason to push her. I'm sure he wanted to because she probably was pushing his buttons, but he has to restrain from doing so. My bad.

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