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Civil Rights Law Firm Lands A Jury Verdict for Police Misconduct


April 29, 2017 by Tom Roberts, Esq.

April 28, 2017 – Civil Rights Victory in Petersburg–Jury Verdict For Police Misconduct.   A Petersburg jury awarded damages against former Petersburg police officer Brian Lee Billings for Assault, Battery, False Imprisonment and Malicious Prosecution arising out of a traffic stop of 2/12/2015.  The lawsuit alleged that the police officer escalated the situation by opening Ms. Cromartie’s car door grabbing her left arm and the back of her neck, yanking her out of the vehicle and slamming her on the ground face first on to the asphalt of the street without requesting Ms. Cromartie to step out of the vehicle. cromartie 2017-04-28 at 11.11.52 PM Ms. Cromartie was 54 year old, 4 ft 9 inch and only 90 lbs. The suit alleged that the officer testified falsely before a magistrate in order to obtain a criminal warrant for obstruction of justice that was not supported by probable cause. Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 11.10.31 PMVideo tape played an important role in proving the case. Attorneys Jonathan Arthur and Andrew Bodoh tried the case for the Civil Rights Law Firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C.  The law firm has been Virginia’s civil rights law firm for over 30 years, with a long history of protecting freedom for citizens of Virginia.   The law firm has successfully sued for many clients wronged by public officials.  (e.g., $1.04 Million jury verdict – assaulted by former prosecutor; $250,000 jury verdict – assault and battery against Richmond Police Officer; Police Officers disciplined by Police Department for exercising 1st Amendment right to post on social media, etc.).    

July 12, 2021 – UPDATE

Round 2 – The law firm returned to a Petersburg Jury to determine damages on the civil rights claims for violations of the 4th Amendment (False Arrest, Excessive Force and Unlawful Search).  The jury sent a message that this conduct will not be tolerated in the Petersburg Community – awarding $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. 

In round 3 – the court will award plaintiff her attorneys’ fees.


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