Cabbie says policeman injured him Harassment suit seeks $3 million ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

January 15, 1993

An Annapolis taxi driver filed a $3 million suit yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court against a former city policeman, alleging the officer harassed him and injured his wrists during an arrest.

Clifton R. Johnson of Route 2, Annapolis, alleges in the suit that Tyrone J. Queen, then a city police officer, approached his cab at about 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 19, 1990, while he was "lawfully sleeping in his taxi cab" and asked to see his driver's license and vehicle registration.

Mr. Johnson complied, but was arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license.

The cabbie tried to explain that his license was not suspended and that there was a mistake in state Motor Vehicle Department records, but he was taken to the city police station, charged and released, the suit says.

The suit says the officer approached Mr. Johnson the next morning while he was in his cab at the intersection of West Street and Taylor Avenue and told him he was going to "lock him up" for driving with a suspended license.

Mr. Queen again placed Mr. Johnson under arrest and handcuffed him, the suit alleges.

When another officer arrived and told Mr. Queen to release Mr. Johnson, Mr. Queen "became angry and viciously and violently pulled and jerked" the handcuffs so tightly that they injured Mr. Johnson's hands and wrists, the suit alleges. It also says that Mr. Johnson had to be treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and that he suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome and "other maladies" as a result of the incident.

Mr. Queen could not be reached last night.

Jonathan Hodgson, city attorney, said yesterday it was unclear what role the city would have in the suit because the city is not named as a co-defendant and Mr. Queen is no longer a city employee.

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