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Man sues Norwood police officers for wrongful imprisonment

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A man is suing the Norwood Police Department claiming they violated his civil rights.

Maurice Snow spent nearly two months in jail on drug trafficking charges.  The entire time he said he was innocent and it was the evidence that put him in jail that also set him free.

Attorney Robert Newman said, "It's devastating to be falsely arrested."

And that is what happened to his client, Maurice Snow.  The 29-year-old was charged last October with selling crack cocaine on a street corner in Norwood.

Police videotaped the drug deal but Newman says his client wasn't the drug dealer.

"So he spent about two months in jail because the police did not compare the two photographs they had available to them."

Snow sat behind bars for 52 days.  Then his defense attorney, Erik Laursen, got to see the video tape.

"When I saw it, it was pretty obvious that it absolutely wasn't him."

The charges were dropped. 

Snow has filed a federal lawsuit claiming the two Norwood drug task force officers violated his civil rights. 

A confidential informant told police Snow was a dealer.  Snow says the mix-up cost him everything he had.

Newman said, "He didn't have to be in jail for two months.  He lost his job, he lost his apartment, he's behind on his child support.  Very, very simple.  You just look at one picture and you look at the other picture and you know that is not the other."

Neither the police chief nor the law director of the Norwood police department will comment on the lawsuit.

Read entire federal lawsuit HERE




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