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Elderly couple files lawsuit against two Southwest Virginia officers

By Julie Newman, jnewman@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 26 2013 09:35:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 02:32:32 PM CDT
LEE COUNTY, Va. -

What started as a call to police for help has ended in a lawsuit accusing two Southwest Virginia officers of reckless conduct.

The complaint was filed in U.S. District court by Betty Slagle Minton, 78, and Emory Arnold Robinette, 74, an elderly couple from Lee County.

According to the court document, they are suing Pennington Gap police officer Nathan Kennedy and Virginia State Police Trooper Wesley Williams for excessive force, and assault false imprisonment.
The couple says in the complaint that around 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in August 2013, the couple were in bed. They say they heard a disturbance outside and called 911.

When they went to the back door to see what was going on, they say the two officers dragged them outside and shoved, kicked, and hit them. They say Ms. Minton was knocked and left unconscious for several hours. They say they both were left with permanent injuries.

Mr. Robinette was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors and a felony, all of which have been dismissed in court.

They are asking for $5 million, plus attorney's fees, and requesting that the case go before a jury.

We tried to contact both law enforcement agencies, but neither has returned our calls.