Police Thank City for Support in Court Case

NORFOLK - Norfolk Police officers feel vindicated by a U.S. District Court summary judgment in a case filed over a January 2011 incident.  At this week’s meeting of the City Council, Police Chief Bill Mizner and Sergeant Chad Reiman talked about the decision by U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon in the case, Colvey versus the City of Norfolk.  Sergeant Reiman, one of the three officers named in the suit, thanked the city and insurance provider League Association of Risk Management for their support.  The case was filed in 2012 by Lori Colvey, who claimed that officers had violated her Fourth Amendment rights when she was placed in Emergency Protective Custody. In January of this year, Bataillon ruled that officers were following hospital policy, which requires that officers remain with patients in emergency protective custody through the initial evaluation.  Colvey was taken into custody when she refused to leave a neighbor’s home, accusing the neighbors of kidnapping her son. Court records indicate she had previously been placed in emergency protective custody in California, and had a history of methamphetamine addiction. Colvey was in possession of meth when officers placed her in custody.  Fire Chief Scott Cordes and Shift Captain Lyle Lutt supported the decision to fight the case rather than settle. Both said that action makes them more secure in their positions as first responders.