GALVESTON – The City of Galveston and one of its police officers have countered a Harris County woman’s lawsuit arising from an incident at a bar earlier this year, Galveston federal court records indicate.

The city and the officer, Alfredo Lopez, filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim into Kaylie Gentry’s suit on Dec. 16.

Gentry alleges that Lopez ordered her to leave Tsunami’s while she waited for a friend outside the establishment in the early hours of last Feb. 6 and forcefully grabbed under her right arm and threw her to the ground. She further asserts that she suffered a broken fibula.

Labelling the plaintiff’s allegations as vague and conclusory, the defendants insist she failed to show any violation of her Fourth or Fourteenth Amendment rights and neglected to show that any city policy caused Lopez to violate her rights. The motion adds that Gentry did not allege she was detained or arrested.

Attorneys William S. Helfand and Norman Ray Giles of the law firm Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP in Houston are representing the respondents.

Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 3:16-CV-0246

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