- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A Surry County couple has won a settlement in a lawsuit in which they said five Kernersville police officers illegally seized $20,000 in cash from them, threw the husband to the ground and kicked him multiple times.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1qCZtp9) U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled in February that the officers violated the constitutional rights of Teresa Blackburn and Adrian Martinez-Perez when they assaulted Martinez-Perez and seized $20,000 in cash.

Biggs said the officers had no proof that the couple was engaged in illegal drug activity. After that decision, attorneys on both sides announced they had reached a settlement of $30,000, as well as $80,000 in attorney’s fees.

The lawsuit stemmed from a dispute at a tax office where the couple was trying to set up two businesses.

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