New video was recently released showing the events that prompted a grandmother’s lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District and a campus police officer.
In case you missed it, 79-year-old Mary Poole, who is represented by Mark Coleman of the Law Offices of Nuttall & Coleman, is suing the Clovis Unified School District and campus police after an officer maced her and threw her to the ground when she tried to deliver cookies and cupcakes to her granddaughter’s school. The incident was caught on videotape by the girls’ mother.
Poole had arrived toward the end of the school day on April 30, 2014 to deliver treats to her granddaughters, which she had done several times before without incident. This time, she was approached by an officer while she waited outside a classroom. The officer told Poole that she would not be able to see her granddaughters because of a restraining order against her that had been granted to the girls’ mother.
Court records show there was no restraining order at the time of the incident.
Poole left the campus and parked her car near the campus to make a call. A short time later, the same officer she had encountered on campus earlier tapped on the passenger-side window of Poole’s car and told her to roll down the driver-side window and unlock the door. The officer then came to the driver’s side and sprayed Mace in Poole’s face.
There are no details in the lawsuit of any action by Poole that led to the officer’s actions.
Poole begged for the officer to stop, crying that she was a “seventy-eight year old woman.” The officer then pulled her out of her car and threw her down on the pavement, with her left shoulder landing on the pavement.
As a result of the incident, Poole suffered a broken arm and had to have a shoulder replacement. A year later, she is still doing physical therapy.
The lawsuit seeks $1 million for pain and suffering and emotional distress, and another $183,000 for medical expenses.
Initially filed in Fresno County Superior Court, the lawsuit this month was moved to U.S. District Court in Fresno.
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