Thursday, March 25, 2010

Deaf man sues over arrest in Mobile, Ala.

Deaf man sues over arrest in Mobile, Ala.

A deaf and mentally disabled man who was forced from a Dollar General restroom by Mobile police with pepper spray and a Taser has sued in Mobile County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit filed by attorney Tommy James for Antonio Love alleges the officers weren't properly trained and used excessive force in making a false arrest.

It seeks unspecified damages from the city of Mobile, the police officers involved in the July 24 arrest, Dollar General Corp. and a store manager.

City officials said officers acted professionally and didn't know who was inside the restroom.

Love was feeling ill and went to the restroom at the store. A manager who thought Love was inside too long called police, who removed Love from the restroom and arrested him.