Wednesday, July 17, 2013

City-County Councilor Joe Simpson Sues City For 2012 Arrest

A lawsuit that pits City County Councilman Joseph Simpson against the city of Indianapolis is set to go to a pretrial hearing in August.Well this is awkward. City-County Councilor Joe Simpson has filed a lawsuit against the City of Indianapolis for his 2012 arrest by IMPD for allegedly interfering with a home invasion investigation at a neighbor's home. The charges against Simpson were later dismissed by a Marion County judge. Police claimed he was interfering in a crime scene investigation and refused to leave when ordered to do so. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court claims the statute requiring persons to stay at a distance of 150 feet from an emergency scene under which Simpson was charged had been changed in 2011 to limit it to fire scenes. According to the Star, the lawsuit claims Simpson's arrest  caused him to experience “physical discomfort, loss of liberty, public embarrassment and humiliation, emotional distress” and “damage to his good name and reputation.”

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