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Lawsuit Against JSO Deputies Will Go Forward

The 11th Circuit US Court of Appeals has ruled that a Jacksonville woman may sue two officers who tried to arrest her at St. Vincent’s Hospital after she refused to wait for a ticket for running a red light. The woman, Melanie Williams, had informed the officers she was in labor and was bleeding.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Jacksonville deputies Matthew Sirmons and James Mills qualified immunity from Melanie Williams’s lawsuit.

“We will go to a jury and ask them to tell us what they think, whether this was an illegal arrest under the Constitution, or a false arrest under state law, and to decide damages,” said her lawyer, Mark Miller.[Associated Press]

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