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Police officer's wife files suit against City of Florence

The wife of a Florence police officer claims she was held against her will at ECM Hospital. (Source: Florence PD) The wife of a Florence police officer claims she was held against her will at ECM Hospital. (Source: Florence PD)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A police officer's wife has filed a lawsuit against the City of Florence, claiming officers violated her civil rights.

According to the suit, the woman claims several officers and staff at ECM Hospital held her on a false arrest, confinement, and involuntary hospitalization.

The statements in the document indicate it all started after the officer and his wife got into an argument on the phone. The woman claimed her husband, who was on duty at the time, falsely reported his wife was threatening suicide with the use of guns.

From there, the 17-page document lays out the events that occurred after the call was made. It accused the officers involved in the arrest of violating her civil rights – saying they arrested her without probable cause.

It further alleges the department's mental health officer did not conduct her assessment as required by law, and claims the hospital staff confined her against her will for more than 12 hours, when she was seen by a doctor and immediately dismissed after her treatment.

John Martine, the attorney who filed the case, said he was unable to comment.

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