Federal Lawsuit Against Sheriff Duke, Chattanooga Detention Center Continues

Federal Lawsuit Against Sheriff Duke, Chattanooga Detention Center Continues

Testimony resumed Wednesday in Tennessee today in a federal lawsuit against Wichita County Sheriff David Duke and a Chattanooga detention center.
Testimony resumed in Tennessee today in a federal lawsuit against Wichita County Sheriff David Duke and a Chattanooga detention center.

A former Chattanooga photographer, Donna Johnson, is suing the county and Sheriff Duke for false arrest.

She says her arrest warrant was issued in Wichita County and that as a result of the arrest she was assaulted in the detention center and she lost her job.

Johnson's lawsuit states she met Sheriff Duke at a convention in 2011 and she agreed to take photos of the sheriff's office staff.

Duke says his department made payments to Johnson but never got the photos.

Then after repeated attempts to get them, theft charges were filed, which were later dismissed.

Johnson closed her studio shortly after taking the photos and took a new job.

She says she offered to send Duke some of the photos and continue working to finish the others at night after work, but attorneys for the county presented records showing she was still making withdrawals from her studio account to buy food and other personal items.

Johnson is asking for a $500,000 in damages.

There is no estimate of how much the lawsuit will cost the county in expenses and fees.
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