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Stockbridge woman suing Atlanta over airport officer

By Justin Boron

The Stockbridge woman, who a security video tape shows being slammed to the ground by an Atlanta police officer, is suing.

Diana Dietrich-Barnes on Friday filed a lawsuit against former Atlanta police officer Terence Alexander and the city of Atlanta, alleging false imprisonment, excessive force, battery, malicious prosecution, negligent hiring, and deprivation of property without due process.

She is represented by Harlan Miller, the same attorney who represents the sheriff employees suing Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill in federal court.

The suit stems from a November incident in which Dietrich-Barnes was arrested for battery, obstruction and parking illegally at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The charges were dropped after police reviewed a video tape of the arrest.

An Atlanta internal investigation into the incident also led to Alexander's dismissal.

Alexander could not be reached for comment and the plaintiff's attorney couldn't locate him for service of the suit.

Jerry DeLoach, a deputy attorney for the city who handles litigation and employment, could not be reached for comment because a receptionist said he was out of town.