Friday, February 16, 2001

Suit accuses officer of being 'potty Nazi'

Claim: He arrested cleaning woman over closed restroom

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Cincinnati police officer was accused in a lawsuit Thursday of being a “potty Nazi.”

        The lawsuit accuses Officer Charles Taber of improperly charging a cleaning woman with disorderly conduct after she told him he could not use a restroom at the Hamilton County Courthouse.

        The woman, Sheila V. Williams, was cleaning a restroom Aug. 21 when Officer Taber walked in.

        In the lawsuit, Ms. Williams says she told the officer the restroom was closed and then referred him to another restroom. She said he became angry and threatened to arrest her.

        Ms. Williams claims the officer was not in uniform and did not immediately identify himself as an officer.

        The two eventually left the restroom and continued the dispute in the hall.

        At some point, the lawsuit states, the officer handcuffed Ms. Williams.

        The lawsuit, filed in Common Pleas Court, is titled “The Potty Nazi” and names the officer and the city of Cincinnati as defen dants.

        It seeks damages of more than $25,000.

        Attorneys for the city could not be reached for comment Thursday.

        The disorderly conduct charges against Ms. Williams were dismissed in September. Ms. Williams' lawyer, Kenneth Lawson, said his client was harassed, humiliated and embarrassed by the experience.


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