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Hearing set for Monday in Greenwood police officer/student confrontation

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

student.

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

and others.

He also filed a federal criminal complaint with the U.S Justice

Department.

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

cameras.

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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