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November 19, 2004
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N.C. Police Won't Punish Officers Who Dealt With Disruptive Woman

The Associated Press

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - The two Greensboro police officers who removed a disruptive woman from a retail store followed proper procedure and will not be punished by their department, police Chief David Wray said Thursday.

Afaf Saudi, 68, alleged both officers mistreated her Nov. 6 after she refused to leave the store. Within hours of Saudi's arrest, her family and local Muslim leaders denounced the officers' conduct as insensitive to Muslims and senior citizens and demanded an apology.

Saudi, an Egyptian with permanent residence in the United States, suffered bruises to her wrists and arms. She also injured her shoulder and ribs in a fall by the police cruiser.

Store employees say Saudi tried buying a $70 piece of jewelry using a $20 bill. When the clerk asked for more money, Saudi implied the employee had stolen it. When Saudi refused to leave, employees called police.

Officers attempted to walk Saudi out. She went limp, and when put in a wheelchair, she flailed her arms. Officers handcuffed her. Saudi again went limp by the cruiser when one officer went around the side of the car to crawl inside and guide her in.

Saudi faces misdemeanor trespassing, assault and resisting arrest charges. The assault charge alleges she kicked a store employee helping her into the wheelchair. She has declined to speak with investigators.

Greensboro police also conducted a criminal investigation of the officers. The report has been turned over to Guilford County District Attorney Stuart Albright, who will decide whether to charge the officers.






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