A probable cause hearing is set for
tomorrow (Monday) to determine if Greenwood police officer Casey
Wiggins broke the law in a confrontation with a high school
According to state law, police officers and public school
teachers are entitled to a probable cause hearing before arrest if
accused of committing a felony or misdemeanor while on duty.
Carlos Moore of Grenada, the attorney for 18-year-old James
Marshall, says Wiggins violated Marshall's civil rights.
Moore already has filed a 2 (M) million dollar lawsuit seeking
damages from Wiggins, Greenwood High School, the police department
He also filed a federal criminal complaint with the U.S Justice
It accuses Wiggins of excessive force and of making a false
arrest under the color of law.
The Dec. 6 confrontation was captured by school surveillance
The video tapes show a brief scuffle in which the officer, who
was working a security detail at the school, pointed his weapon at
an unarmed Marshall.
The officer also appears to put the teen in a choke hold.
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