Judge sets settlement conference in police lawsuit

By The Associated Press

WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a settlement conference for August in a lawsuit in which a woman claims she was roughed up by a Waveland police officer in a Wal-Mart parking lot in 2008.

Margaret Peters, who is in her 70s, claims that she was parked in the fire lane at the Wal-Mart when she was arrested and the officer used force for no reason.

U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. previously limited Peters’ claims in the lawsuit, dismissing claims of cruel and unusual punishment and denial of due process. Other claims such as excessive force were allowed to remain.

The city has said in court records that a surveillance videotape shows “a wide chasm exists between the facts portrayed by the plaintiff and the facts depicted in video footage.”