Dickinson woman says Webster cops detained her at residence 'with no probable cause'

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Dec. 5, 2013, 1:39pm

GALVESTON - A Dickinson woman has filed a lawsuit over what she asserts is the forceful entry of her residence by law enforcement, recent court documents say.

Linda Morecraft Trump is suing Webster police officers R.D. Barryman, J.A. Tovar, C. Pray and P.T. Bacon for the alleged Dec. 3, 2011, incident. 

The suit, filed Dec. 3 in Galveston County District Court, explains that the defendants and "15 or more" unidentified law enforcement officers descended upon her house at approximately 6 a.m. of the specified date.

Trump further shows the respondents failed to identify themselves after they reportedly kicked in and dismantled the front door "with a faulty search warrant presented only upon request after the plaintiff had been detained."

She was "forced to the floor, handcuffed and detained" for 90 minutes "with no probable cause," according to the original petition.

It adds the claimant, who was 62 years of age at the time, suffered injuries to her upper left arm, left shoulder, wrists and right calf.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is representing herself, and Galveston County 405th District Court Judge Michelle Slaughter is presiding over the case.

Case No. 13-CV-1515

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