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Woman sues city of Mission, officers over arrest

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MISSION, KS (KCTV) -

A mom arrested in front of her children outside a Mission post office has filed a lawsuit.

Catrina Engle is suing not only the city but also the two police officers involved in the incident and the Police Chief John Simmons. She wants $1.75 million in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages.

It all started when she was trying to put some packages into a drop box in March at the Mission post office on Broadmoor Street just after the glass doors had shut.

Engle was trying to get the attention of some of the workers behind the counter, but the doors leading to them were already locked.

A postal worker called police to say she got angry when they wouldn't help her - even threatening - and she dropped rocks in the drop box.

Engle's husband posted a video on YouTube calling out Mission police that included dash cam of a his wife's arrest. He said she denied any of the postal workers' allegations and didn't deserve the treatment she got.

Aside from Engle's arrest, the video shows her being handcuffed and officers taking her to the ground.

She claims they threw her to the ground, searched her purse, performed a cavity search and took her driver's license without "warrant, consent or exigent circumstances."

She was originally found guilty in municipal court. She appealed and was acquitted in district court.

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