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Pediatrician who sued Metro officer may settle out of court

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Dr. Stacey Williams said she was dragged 75 feet down a sidewalk, slammed to the pavement, then handcuffed so tightly she suffered a separated right shoulder. Dr. Stacey Williams said she was dragged 75 feet down a sidewalk, slammed to the pavement, then handcuffed so tightly she suffered a separated right shoulder.
Officer Michael Pyle was dispatched to the call after firefighters said an unruly person was interfering with their rescue attempts. Officer Michael Pyle was dispatched to the call after firefighters said an unruly person was interfering with their rescue attempts.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A pediatrician who sued a Metro police officer for allegedly "manhandling" her while she tried to rescue a baby may settle out of court for $99,000.

According to a federal civil rights lawsuit, Dr. Stacey Williams was slammed to the ground and handcuffed after she attempted to break the window of a car in the parking lot of her pediatric office on Edmondson Pike.

A patient of Williams had accidentally locked her 8-day-old infant in the car after her doctor's appointment.

The suit alleged the firefighters who responded to the emergency call refused to break the car window and instead called a locksmith.

The temperature on that May 2012 afternoon was more than 80 degrees.

Williams went into her office and came out with a hammer, then started tapping on the car's front passenger window.

In the suit, she alleged she was grabbed from behind by Metro officer Michael Pyle. Pyle had been dispatched to the call after firefighters said an unruly person was interfering with their rescue attempts.

Williams said she was dragged 75 feet down a sidewalk, slammed to the pavement, then handcuffed so tightly she suffered a separated right shoulder.

She was held in a police car at the scene for more than an hour then cited and released. The charges were later dropped.

An attorney for Metro government is urging council members to approve a settlement of $99,000 for Williams, saying that although the officer's liability is questionable, "Dr. Williams would make a very sympathetic plaintiff," since the fire department eventually did exactly what she had been trying to do all along: break the window and rescue the baby.

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