MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Pam Hicks, the mother of one of the boys killed in West Memphis nearly 20 years ago is filing a lawsuit after an incident involving an officer occurred at her home.
According to the complaint to be filed Wednesday, November 21, on November 15 around 5 p.m. Mississippi County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Mathis went to Hicks' house to notify her of a trespassing complaint.
Hicks claims the officer was unnecessarily aggressive and hostile towards Hicks and her family during the incident, and that Deputy Mathis "grabbed Ms. Hicks, lifting her off the ground and Body-slammed her into the cement of the carport."
Hicks said the deputy manhandled her outside of the house before arresting and charging her with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest, without ever offering an explanation.
"This spot here is my blood from him grabbing me by one arm and having my face into the concrete," she said as she pointed to a stain on the ground under her carport. "He grabbed me up like I was a rag doll and threw me down like he was Superman."
Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook was made aware of the lawsuit by Region 8 News.
"I haven't even had a chance to review the incident report or the complaint that you have," Sheriff Cook said.
He said his office will investigate whether there is any truth to Hicks' claims."At this time I would rather not comment on it officially until I've had a chance to digest it."
According to the incident report filed by Deputy Mathis, after confirming with Hicks that she did trespass onto nearby property, he told Hicks she was under arrest. According to the report, she resisted more than once, and Mathis "took Mrs. Hicks to the ground and pinned her left arm behind her back and placed handcuffs on her."
Hicks' lawyer, Ken Swindle said the charges were dismissed against Hicks at an arraignment Monday.
In the complaint, Hicks asks for compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, attorney fees and a jury trial.