- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A woman has filed a $625,000 notice of claim against Phoenix police and some city officials, saying she suffered a fractured skull during an arrest.

According to the Arizona Republic (https://bit.ly/1thBFrl), Martha “Marti” Winkler says the altercation at a Phoenix convenience store was excessive use of force, false arrest and imprisonment.

A Phoenix police report describes the 56-year-old Winkler as a combative woman whose injuries were a result of her own defiance.

Winkler’s notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit.

She planned to pick up $3 worth of lottery tickets from the store July 16.

But Winkler says the store clerk mixed up her order and it escalated into a confrontation when she refused to pay for the mistake.

State prosecutors declined to file resisting-arrest charges against Winkler.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com

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