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Attorney plans 'major' lawsuit against Petersburg police

Attorney plans 'Major multi-million dollar lawsuit' against Petersburg Police Department


A Petersburg family plans to file a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city's police department, claiming excessive force. We first showed you images of Debra Fisher apparently being placed in a choke hold by officers. 


"I cannot trust the police anymore," said Debra Fisher. "I'm afraid." 

Debra will never forget her encounter with Petersburg Police. She was placed in a choke hold and later arrested after allegedly coming to the aide of her 17 year old son who was being taken to task for filming police activity outside their front door.

"I was in tears," said Debra. "It brought tears to my eyes. That hurt. That really hurt."

Many in the community are now rallying behind the Fisher family. The family now has an attorney who is announcing plans to file a federal lawsuit. The suit alleges false imprisonment and excessive force.

"A major multi-million dollar lawsuit will be filed against the city of Petersburg," said attorney Malik Shabazz. "Nothing has been done to control those wild cowboys who have no regard for the law and run up on people's lawns and houses and porches and snatch them and grab them and choke them out."

Petersburg Police Chief John Dixon says he doesn't take the recent allegations and insults being directed toward police personal. 

"None of this is ever taken personal," said Chief Dixon. "People have a right to express their opinion, and we support that as well."

"Can people record video of officers?" we asked Chief Dixon.

"That depends on the circumstances," replied Chief Dixon. "As long as they are not interfering in what police officers do and the video is not part of any evidence type situation." 

Debra feels she should have never been charged. 

"Interfering with the police and obstruction of justice?" questioned Debra. "And they came up on my porch. Come on now. That's not right."

The family attorney says that lawsuit will be field in the next 30 days. The police department had no comment given pending litigation. 

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