Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Woman suing Joplin police officer arrested for assaulting cops in 2014

The woman suing a Joplin Police Department officer for allegedly punching her, kicking her, and fondling her breasts, was charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer April 7, 2014, according to documents on file with the Cleveland County, Oklahoma District Court.

The charges were apparently dropped or pleaded out since they do not appear in Greene County's online court records, but she was charged as a "fugitive from justice," a felony in Cleveland County. That charge was later dropped, according to court records.

Tritthart, 33, Miami, Oklahoma, filed her lawsuit against Officer Seth Lugenbell and the City of Joplin June 29 in Newton County Circuit Court. It was transferred to federal court Monday. In a motion filed Tuesday, the lawyers who filed the case, Andrew B. Protzman and Christopher M. Sorenson of the Protzman Law Firm of Kansas City, asked to be allowed to withdraw from the lawsuit, citing disagreements with Trittheart.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

How do they drop a fugitive from justice charge? Sounds like they were trying to pile on charges that couldn't be upheld. But hey, the cops wouldn't lie...would they?

Me said...

Fugitive from justice is a warrant used to be able to transport someone from another state to that state. Meaning she had a felony warrant from out of state. It isn't a new charge to pile on. Only federal officers can transport across state line without either a waiver or a court order via a felony fugitive warrant.

Dusty Roads said...

The cop had already seen her arrest record and decided to be extra rough on her...that is how it works

Anonymous said...

Just bc he's a cop doesn't give him the right to grab her breasts,(do that to me & you'll meet my fist,record or not). Just bc he's a cop doesn't give him or any cop the right to act as if he's about the law...

Anonymous said...

The case will be dropped in federal court. I imagine there will be cctv video of the incident in the hallway and at Freeman. Her lawyers already want out of the case.

Anonymous said...

445 you sound so hot.