Batesville liable for $53K in arrest of teenager

By The Associated Press

BATESVILLE – The city of Batesville has been ordered to pay $53,000 to the family of a teenager arrested on Halloween of last year for an alleged curfew violation.

Parties in the case tell The Panolian that the city will not appeal the recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Mills.

According to court records, the parents of the teenager claim the youth was handcuffed and taken to the police station.

The incident occurred at the Walgreens in Batesville where the teen, accompanied by adults, was making a purchase.

The youth was later released and no charges were filed.

The family sued the city and two police officers.

Mills, in a ruling issued this week, said police had no probable cause to arrest the teenager or put the youth in handcuffs.