Victory: Court Green Lights Suit Against Police Over Wrongful Arrest, Strip Search & Detention of Disabled Man Based on Slurred Speech, Unsteady Gait

Posted: May 11, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court has given attorneys for The Rutherford Institute the green light to move forward with a lawsuit against Virginia police officers on behalf of a 37-year-old disabled man who went to a police station to report the theft of his cable services and ended up being strip searched, handcuffed to a table, diagnosed as having “mental health issues,” and involuntarily detained for six days for a mental-health evaluation with no access to family and friends, allegedly because of his slurred speech and unsteady gait.

In reversing a lower court decision and reinstating the Fourth Amendment lawsuit against two police officers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that Waynesboro resident Gordon Goines’ lawsuit “tells the story of police who assumed from Goines’ physical difficulties that he was mentally ill and never actually listened to what Goines was telling them.” Goines suffers…

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