Norfolk Police Cleared of Wrongdoing in 2011 Case

NORFOLK - Norfolk Police have been cleared of any wrong doing in a 2011 case involving an emergency protective custody.  U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon  dismissed a civil case accusing Norfolk authorities of violating the Fourth Amendment Rights of Lori Colvey of Norfolk.  According to a news release from the City of Norfolk, Colvey claimed officers had violated her rights to privacy when they placed her in custody and remained in the room when she was examined at Faith Regional Health Services. But Bataillon found that officers were following hospital policy, which requires that officers remain with patients in emergency protective custody through the initial evaluation.  Colvey was taken into custody when she refused to leave a neighbor’s home, accusing the neighbors of kidnapping her son. Court records indicate she had previously been placed in emergency protective custody in California and had a history of methamphetamine addiction. Colvey was in possession of meth when officers placed her in custody.  Police Chief Bill Mizner says the judgment confirms the professionalism of Norfolk officers in handling a difficult situation.