Mississippi police chief sues over arrest

By The Associated Press

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Clarksdale Police Chief Gregory Hoskins is suing the city of Southaven and its police department for $2.5 million, claiming he was falsely arrested on disorderly conduct charges last year.

The Commercial Appeal reports the civil lawsuit was filed on Oct. 15 in federal court in Oxford.

The lawsuit also contends that Hoskins’ federal rights were violated and Southaven police used excessive force when he was pepper-sprayed and arrested on June 21, 2009, outside a convenience store.

The 49-year-old Hoskins was charged with four counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he became involved in an argument with a clerk.

In July, Hoskins was acquitted of all the charges by a six-member jury during a trial in DeSoto County Court.