SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A Memphis doctor and her husband are suing the city of Southaven and two of its police officers, saying their arrests after a traffic stop violated their constitutional rights.
The Commercial Appeal reports (http://memne.ws/2cdCv1v ) the couple is seeking $1 million each in the federal lawsuit, filed late Thursday.
Marcia Bowden and her husband Ira Marche were pulled over in September for speeding and ended up charged with disorderly conduct. The lawsuit says officers mishandled the stop, and Bowden went to the hospital with what doctors determined was a stress-induced attack.
The lawsuit says officers’ actions demonstrated they needed better training and the city is liable for not providing that training.
Southaven Police Chief Steve Pirtle said Friday he was unaware of the lawsuit and could not comment on pending litigation.