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Lawsuit over graduation arrests settled

(Kalisha Whitman, WTVA)
(Kalisha Whitman, WTVA)
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Updated: 11/22/2013 3:35 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal lawsuit filed by three people over their arrests at a graduation ceremony in Aberdeen in 2011 appears to be settled.

Marvin Williams, Robert Williams and Robert Fells claim Aberdeen police officers used excessive force, violated their due process rights and took part in malicious prosecution.

The men were escorted from the graduation ceremony on May 29, 2011 by authorities attempting to enforce an restriction on the number of people who could attend the ceremony in the schools gymnasium.

Robert Williams claims he was handcuffed and suffered injuries after officers threw him on the ground after being escorted out of the building.

Marvin Willams claims he was walking away from the building when officers tased him and handcuffed him.

Both men were charged with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

Fells claims he was handcuffed by officers.

The lawsuit named the city of Aberdeen, the Aberdeen School District, former school superintendent Robert Eiland, Police Chief Henry Randle and police officers Nakeith Strickland and Michael Walker.

A federal court document filed Friday afternoon says a settlement conference was held and the case has been settled.

Details of the settlement were not posted on the court website.
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