Woman sues Metro police, claims she was falsely arrested, charged

Friday, April 29, 2011 at 4:07pm

Jennifer Anne Fitts claims police got the wrong “Jennifer Fitts” last May when they arrested her on an outstanding warrant.

Now she’s suing the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Davidson County Circuit Court for false arrest. Fitts claims she’s suffered emotional distress, lost wages and loss of enjoyment of life. She is seeking a judgment of $100,000 against the MNPD.

In the suit filed this week, Fitts said police not only falsely arrested her, but also failed to accurately search the warrant database, booked her on false charges and failed to thoroughly research the case prior to the trial.

According to the suit, police pulled Fitts over on May 20, 2010, for not wearing a seatbelt, and during the traffic stop an unnamed officer entered the name “Jennifer Fitts” into a database to search for warrants.

When that search turned up a felony warrant for arrest, the officer arrested Fitts, who was later booked and released.

It wasn’t until Fitts’ trial, she claimed, that the felony warrant was for a different Jennifer Fitts.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Thetaxgod on 4/29/11 at 3:29

Yeah, when she said they made a mistake, they did not even look to see if the identification was correct. Had to go out a raise some revenue for the dept, you know, pick up some more speeders going 5 over. More and more benign speed traps around town, on streets with no pedestrian traffic or walkways, just that they can take advantage of low speed posted areas. Off 50th.Charlotte, frontage road, posted 30, nothing but a speed trap. Makes no sense, no pedestrians, no cross over traffic, no schools, churches, nothing, but they set up speed traps there every week to make a buck. I block over on Charlotte, speed limit is 45, people walking everywhere, cross over traffic, schools, and you can speed 15 faster there. Wheres the sense? Just another clown in power diluting the trust of the people they are suppose to serve. My family are in law enforcement, i know if they were asked to do that, they would tell their superiors where they can go with it.

By: richgoose on 4/29/11 at 8:15

No body ever said that the police were smart. Being a policeman is as close to being somebody as they have ever been.