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Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment in Case Involving Local Police Officer

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August 2020

A federal court in the Northern District of Mississippi granted summary judgment in favor of a local city and police officer in a case alleging violations of Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights pursuant to Section 1983, federal conspiracy claims pursuant to Section 1985, and state-law claims of false arrest and assault.  For the federal claims, the Court found no constitutional violation and that plaintiff failed to state a conspiracy claim.  For the state-law claims, the Court found that the statute of limitations had expired and that plaintiff failed to comply with pre-suit requirements.   The case was summarily dismissed as to all claims.  Attorneys Wilton "Trey" Byars and Tiffany Carey represented the officer in this action.