Graysville Police Chief Julie Tanksley

A Graysville woman is suing the Graysville police chief, two city officers and the City of Graysville for $3 million, claiming she was falsely arrested twice and alleging that the police chief forced her to shower in front of her.

The suit was filed by city resident Karry Marie Yearwood over the weekend in regard to incidents that occurred in December 2018 and March 2019.

The suit claims that on Dec. 26, 2018, Yearwood’s mother Debbie Caraway, was pulled over by two Graysville police officers, Keith Post and Landon Trew. The suit states that Yearwood’s 4-year-old son and her nephew were also in the vehicle.

According to the lawsuit, police said they had an arrest warrant for Yearwood’s nephew, but when Yearwood arrived to get her 4-year-old son, she claims that police would not show the warrant to either Yearwood or her mother.

The officers, according to the lawsuit, then arrested Yearwood for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Those charges were later dismissed, the suit states.

The second incident, according to the lawsuit, occurred on March 31, 2019. The suit claims that Yearwood was involved in an altercation in front of her home, and it notes that Caraway — Yearwood’s mother — witnessed the incident. The suit states that Yearwood went inside her home to call police regarding the altercation and have the other people involved in the incident removed from Yearwood’s property.

Yearwood claims in the suit that Tanksley arrived at the scene and did force the other people involved in the altercation off of Yearwood’s property. The suit states that Tanksley then allegedly came into Yearwood’s home and stated that she saw Yearwood assault her mother, and the suit goes on to say that Caraway immediately denied that allegation.

However, the suit states that Tanksley told Yearwood she was going to jail. Yearwood claims in the suit that Tanksley then let her shower first and that Tanksley watched her shower and get dressed.

The suit states that Yearwood was then arrested and booked in the Rhea County Jail, but according to the lawsuit, those charges were also dismissed.

Yearwood states in the suit that these incidents show that her Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated in the form of unreasonable search and seizure, malicious prosecution and false arrest.

She is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages.