Woman Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Columbia Alleging Police Brutality

According to a federal lawsuit, Shamber Hollins alleges officer Nate Cook used what she described as hostile language and profanity during a traffic stop on Aug. 19, 2017.

Woman Files Federal Lawsuit Against City of Columbia Alleging Police Brutality

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Through court documents, WDAM found that one Columbia woman is suing the police department for alleged police brutality.

According to a federal lawsuit, Shamber Hollins alleges officer Nate Cook used what she described as hostile language and profanity during a traffic stop on August 19, 2017.

The suit also alleges that cook hit Hollins multiple times and threw her to the ground, causing injuries that resulted in her going to the emergency room.

Court filings say Hollins suffered from multiple injuries, including a busted lip and head trauma from the alleged beating.

Hollins says her 5-year-old and 5-month-old sons were present during the incident.

The lawsuit says Hollins was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, charges she denies.

The lawsuit names the City of Columbia, Nate Cook, Officer J. Sellers and 10 unnamed individuals as defendants.

WDAM reached out to Columbia's city attorney, Lawrence Hahn, for a response to the lawsuit. He says the city has no comment at this time.

We've also been in contact with Hollins, but her attorney advised her not to interview with WDAM at this time due to the pending lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, demands a trial by jury, compensatory and punitive damages and for charges against Hollins to be dismissed.

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