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Parents sue Wal-Mart, police over shoplifting stop

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 16, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

LIVONIA, Mich. — The parents of a mentally disabled woman are suing Wal-Mart and police after she was stopped for suspected shoplifting at a Detroit-area store.

Wendy Kozma of Novi told the Detroit Free Press that her 25-year-old daughter, Jodi, who has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old, now is terrified of police after being handcuffed and questioned at a Wal-Mart in Livonia. Records show she didn't steal anything.

Wendy and John Kozma want an apology along with unspecified financial damages and assurance that police and store security follow proper procedures when dealing with disabled people. They filed a complaint with police in August 2012, when their daughter was stopped, and recently sued.

Bentonville-based Wal-Mart says it believes its associates acted appropriately. Livonia police sent a letter to the Kozmas denying wrongdoing.

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djigoo says... June 16, 2014 at 7:42 a.m.

It's WalMart.

What did they expect?

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wolfman says... June 16, 2014 at 8:46 a.m.

someone wanting money for nothing huh. typical obama nation

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HalALouyah says... June 16, 2014 at 10:50 a.m.

Wal Mart gets sued once every 5-10 minutes; big deal.

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rissecup says... June 16, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.

I would like to know if her parents or an appointed guardian accompanied her when she was shopping in Walmart. If it is true that she has the capacity of an 8 year old, she should not be left alone and/or unsupervised.

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HOG65 says... June 16, 2014 at 7:24 p.m.

WOLFMAN has it EXACTLY right!

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