09/20/2011

Suit filed against La. police in hair-pulling case

Melinda Morris was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest

By PoliceOne Staff

BATON ROUGE, La. — A woman is filing suit against police officers who used her hair to pull her from a ditch after a traffic accident.

Video of the incident released by WAFB shows Baton Rouge Police Sergeant Robert Schilling pulling Melinda Morris from the ditch minutes after she and several family members had gotten in a motorcycle wreck.

Morris reportedly got into an argument with Schilling, who she claims was trying to keep her son from approaching his injured father.

Schilling’s attorney says another video exists showing Morris hit Schilling several times, but police have not released that tape or commented on its contents.

Morris’ lawsuit alleges that she complied with all police requests and did not "make any threats or act in a threatening way toward Robert Schilling or any other person who was present."

It claims that Morris ended up in the ditch after Schilling pushed her, alleging further that Schilling "grabbed her by her hair and forcibly pulled her from the ditch until another police officer intervened and stopped him from continuing to do so."

Morris was charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

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