Norfolk, Va. – The City of Norfolk and one of its police officers are facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit from a woman shot last summer by an officer.
Jasmie Glespie pleaded guilty to assault and battery and DUI charges, but now she wants more than $5 million because of what she says the officer did during the three-minute encounter last August.
Police responded to Breezy Point Apartments that night after receiving complaints of a party.
When the officer arrived, he found several people around a black sedan driven by Glespie and watched the sedan strike a female pedestrian.
The officer ordered Glespie to stop and physically tried to remove her; however, she refused to leave the car and started driving toward the officer and bystanders, according to police.
The officer then opened fire, wounding Glespie in the abdomen. She received 44 stitches as a result.
The new lawsuit filed by Glespie claims Officer M.A. Hutson never identified himself as a law enforcement officer and never attempted to use non-lethal methods, such as a Taser or pepper spray, before shooting her.
The lawsuit claims the officer was negligent and committed battery on Glespie.
She’s asking for $5.35 million in punitive and compensatory damages.