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Friday, March 25, 2005

Amputee sues police department for confiscated scooter

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, OR - Vicki Marie Tyler, a diabetic amputee with a medical-marijuana card, says she was asleep on her couch when 13 police officers raided her North Portland home looking for drugs.

Although officers found less than an ounce of marijuana during the 2003 raid, they seized her electric scooter on the grounds that it was bought with drug money.

A jury last year acquitted Tyler of drug-dealing charges.

Now Tyler is filing a federal lawsuit against the Portland Police Bureau because it kept her scooter for more than three months -- until a Multnomah County judge ordered the bureau to give it back.


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