Judge Dismisses Lawsuit against Sheriff’s Office


A district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Sheriff’s office, which was filed after a former investigator with the office was accused of rough treatment. The lawsuit, seeking over one million dollars in compensation, was filed against the Accomack County Sheriff’s Office but was dismissed earlier this month.

The lawsuit had been filed against the former investigator, Robert Price, and Sheriff Larry Giddens Snr. The suit sought $1.1 million dollars, with the plaintiff, Luzetta Erreguin, alleging rough treatment. The judge, Mark Davis, has now given the plaintiff thirty days to appeal against the decision to dismiss the case.

The plaintiff claimed in her complaint that in 2007 the investigator and another officer turned up at her home demanding to see her son. She said that they were not dressed in uniform, had their heads covered with hoods, and were in an unmarked car when they turned up.

The lawsuit also claims that the Accomack County Board of Supervisors was aware of “a pattern of excessive force by police officers” and also claims that policies “regarding the discipline of officers accused of excessive force were so inadequate that it was obvious that a failure to correct them would result in further incidents.”


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