Southwest Missouri Woman Sues Over Treatment at Jail

1 decade 8 months 4 days ago Tuesday, September 18 2007 Sep 18, 2007 Tuesday, September 18, 2007 2:35:34 PM CDT September 18, 2007 in News
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CASSVILLE (AP) -- A southwest Missouri woman is filing a federal lawsuit alleging she was hog-tied and zapped with a Taser at the Barry County Jail in July. Lawyers for 41-year-old Melissa Norman of Butterfield say part of the incident in the booking area was videotaped. At least a half dozen sheriff's deputies and Cassville police officers are on leave while the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigates.
Norman's attorneys John Lewright and Robert Fuolke said in a news release that she "was handcuffed, leg shackled, hog-tied, blindfolded and tasered" when she was placed under arrest July 23rd. Lewright said he normally focuses on criminal defense but took Norman's case because it "infuriated" him. Cassville Police Chief Lonnie McCullough declined to comment. He said today he has not seen the lawsuit. Barry County Sheriff Mickey Epperly did not immediately return a call for comment from The Associated Press.

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