NASHVILLE (CN) – Grandstanding for WZTZ-Fox News, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County wrongfully arrested a woman in front of her home while Fox taped it and called her “the worst of the worst” in a broadcast, though she had no resemblance to the criminal they sought and an arresting officer already had told her it was a mistake, Paula Milligan claims in Federal Court.
Milligan and her husband seek punitive damages for civil rights violations committed during defendants’ “Operation Falcon III,” which allegedly targeted “some of the country’s most dangerous criminals.” She claims the defendants never told her why they were arresting her, held her for six hours until her husband paid $2,500 bond, and all the while had a color photo of the woman they wanted, which proved she was not the one. The defendants sought a 25-year-old woman who is 5 feet 3 inches tall, with blue eyes, and a North Carolina driver’s license, Milligan says. Milligan, 42, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair and has never had a North Carolina driver’s license. She claims the defendants filed felony charges against her, which were dismissed, and that Fox broadcast a video of her arrest and humiliation, though an arresting officer already had told her it was all a mistake. She is represented by Andrew Clarke with Borod & Kramer of Memphis. See complaint.