PASCO, Wash. - A Pasco woman who accused two Pasco police officers of wrongfully detaining her and using unreasonable and excessive force has reached a $100,000 settlement.
Maria Davila-Marquez filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in May 2012 against two Pasco Police officers and the Pasco Police Department. She said police officers were looking for a teenage girl when they saw her walking home from work. According to Davila-Marquez, the officers pinned her against a hot patrol car causing second degree burns to her face and strains to her back and neck.
Davila-Marquez was released when the woman who complained about the teenage girl told the officers that they had the wrong person.
The lawsuit accused the officers of violating the woman's constitutional rights when they stopped and arrested her without probable cause.