Woman, 83, sues city police over treatment

December 09, 2006|By Annie Linskey

A woman filed a $14 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department yesterday, alleging that an officer inappropriately handcuffed her and, after releasing her, told her she would face criminal charges if she complained.

Juanita Cantrell, 83, of the 2500 block of Sidney Ave. claims that the officer came to her house March 30 because of a dispute between her and a neighbor and "screamed obscenities at her, called her a liar ... [and] forcibly took her toward the front door of her home, claiming that he was going to put her in jail," according to the complaint filed in Circuit Court yesterday.

According to the lawsuit, the officer handcuffed and then released her. Before leaving her home, Cantrell alleges, he threatened her with a criminal charge if she complained about what happened. According to the lawsuit, the incident left her so shaken that she went to a hospital.

Matt Jablow, a police spokesman, said he could not comment on pending litigation. The officer involved is a 10-year veteran, according to police records.

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