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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Savannah Officials And Officers

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News about more legal action involving Savannah's Mayor and Aldermen, along with former Metro Police Chief Willie Lovett tonight. They and more than half a dozen Metro Officers are named in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in State Court in mid-August -- but moved to Federal Court last month. It revolves around the Metro officers serving that warrant in August of 2011 -- mistakenly entering the wrong house.

Court documents show all parties agree that the arrest warrant was to be served on a man named Roy Smith at *1102* East 33rd street -- but that instead, officers entered the home directly across the street, clearly marked as *1103* East 33rd. In response to the following allegations - both the officers and city attorneys deny the claims.

The lawsuit states that officers forcibly entered the house with guns drawn. Two women inside the home claim to have been injured while trying to open the door as officers knocked it down. Those two women, Aqueellah Sparks and Sherry Mims along with a disabled woman and around half a dozen teenagers and children claim they were held at gunpoint by officers who shouted for them to get down on the floor - before realizing they were at the wrong house...going across the street and arresting Smith at the address stated on the warrant.

The plaintiffs are claiming violation of constitutional rights, battery, infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. They want punitive damages plus attorney's fees and costs. The City's response to the complaint states they are entitled to immunity from the claims and that in Georgia - a municipal corporation isn't liable for the wrongful acts of officers engaged in the discharge of duties imposed upon them by law. The officer's response denies any laws were violated. News 3 contacted both the plaintiff's attorney and the City - they said they were unable to comment on a case pending in Federal Court.

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