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March 17, 2013

Waveland mayor, ex-chief dismissed from suit

GULPORT —  

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an excessive-force lawsuit against Waveland's mayor and former police chief, but will allow claims to move forward against two officers.

The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/WvuTM3 ) reports that the decision was made in a partial summary judgment last week by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr.

The judge dismissed Earl Seymour's complaints against Mayor David Garcia and former Police Chief Jimmy Varnell.

The judge also dismissed most of the complaints against the two officers who arrested Seymour before a Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 7, 2010.

The judge says Garcia and Varnell cannot be held liable for Seymour's alleged treatment because they were not present when he was arrested.

 

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