EP police sued
EAST PALESTINE — An East Palestine woman charged with obstructing official justice and resisting arrest is suing two East Palestine officers, the chief and the police department for an incident in February 2020.
Betsy L. Theodore, 452 Alice St., East Palestine, is suing officers Matthew Elser and William Milliken III, as well as Chief James Brown III and the East Palestine Police Department for assault, false arrest and malicious prosecution.
Theodore was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest Feb. 9, 2020 after allegedly lying to officers about the identity of Travis Mosti, 38, who had a warrant out of Jefferson County. Both charges are second-degree misdemeanors and Theodore pleaded innocent at her arraignment Feb. 10, 2020. A jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 18, 2021 on the charges.
Theodore is claiming she was handcuffed, physically assaulted, taken to jail, processed and subjected to verbal abuse by the officers and jailed until her arraignment Feb. 10, 2020. She is seeking an amount of compensation “in excess of the minimum jurisdictional limits that would adequately compensate” her for injuries and damages suffered.
Theodore is represented by Attorney Lawrence W. Stacey II.
Brown did not respond to a request for comment.
— Kevin Howell
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