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Elderly pair file $5M suit against SW Virginia officers

July 26th, 2013 1:41 pm by Wes Bunch, NET News Service

Elderly pair file $5M suit against SW Virginia officers

ABINGDON, Va. — A $5 million federal lawsuit filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Abingdon accuses two Southwest Virginia law enforcement officers of shoving, punching and kicking an elderly Lee County man and woman during an incident that allegedly occurred last year.

Pennington Gap Police Officer Nathan A. Kennedy and Virginia State Police Trooper Wesley Williams are both named in the lawsuit, which was filed July 2 by Betty Slagle Minton, 78, and Emory Arnold Robinette, 74, of Pennington Gap.

Minton and Robinette are seeking compensatory and punitive damages of $2.5 million each for acts of negligent conduct, grossly negligent conduct, and reckless conduct in which the two officers allegedly took part. The lawsuit requests that the case go before a jury.

Details on the suit can be found at

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