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Police officer faces false-arrest claim

by The Associated Press | February 10, 2017 at 2:56 a.m.

HELENA-WEST HELENA -- A Helena-West Helena police officer is disputing allegations after he was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

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Authorities say officer Charles Byrd faces the misdemeanor charge related to an October incident. Police say a resident filed a complaint against Byrd after he arrested her as she walked into a doctor's office.

But Byrd told Memphis television station WMC that he detained the woman out of concern for her safety because there had been reports of a shooting in the area. He indicated that he's back at work and that he'll fight the charges in court.

Helena-West Helena police said an internal investigation found that the woman posed no threat to Byrd and that she wasn't in any danger at the time.

State Desk on 02/10/2017

Print Headline: Police officer faces false-arrest claim

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