Woman sues Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department over scuffle during Super Bowl party

Woman claims lasting injuries from excessive force

INDIANAPOLIS - A federal civil rights lawsuit has been lodged against the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, alleging that a woman was roughed up by an officer during last year’s Super Bowl festivities in downtown Indianapolis.

Jaime Miller, 38, a children's speech therapist who resides in Hamilton County, claims that she was physically abused by an officer near Georgia Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, where streets were blocked during crowded Super Bowl celebrations on Feb. 4, 2012.

In her lawsuit , filed this week in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Miller claims that an officer grabbed her from behind and shoved her into the wall of a building before pushing her to the ground and handcuffing her.

She claims she was forced to stand among the crowd in handcuffs, before being taken to a wagon with other people who were being arrested. Her lawsuit claims that she was never charged with a crime, and was later released from custody.

Her lawsuit asks for a jury trial, but does not spell out a dollar figure.

Miller states that she suffered “severe bruising” on her wrists and arms, and she also claims to have a lingering medical condition known as "radial tunnel" in her left arm because of the forceful arrest.

Call 6 Investigators asked IMPD headquarters whether the officer, identified as Christopher Faulds, was the subject of any internal affairs investigation or complaint regarding the incident, but a department spokeswoman referred questions to the city’s legal department, where no immediate response was received.

The Indianapolis attorney who filed Miller’s lawsuit declined to answer questions.

Click here to read Miller's full complaint.

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