False arrest and imprisonment are among the allegations included in a complaint filed against the sheriff’s department, Porter County, county police officer Tim Manteuffel and county jail commander Steve Lawrence in Hammond federal court. The lawsuit is accusing the parties involved of violated her 14th Amendment rights when police arrested her and held her for nearly 50 days when evidence was in their possession proving her innocence. Yet again, police nabbed the wrong guy/gal. Due to a lack of due diligence, police were swift to cast judgement of guilt and only seek evidence proving that notion while ignoring evidence to the contrary.
Gloria Jean Blue was arrested Jan. 29 in Hazel Crest, Ill. and held in the Porter County Jail from Feb. 1 to March 18. Blue was charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine, a Level 4 felony, in Porter Superior Court.
A level 4 felony carries a prison sentence of two to 12 years.
She was arrested and charged off the testimony of Manteuffel that Blue “sold/delivered cocaine to a confidential source” in Porter County in 2017 on Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Oct. 2. According to the complaint, the warrant “was obtained as a result of inaccurate information.”
The next day the judge issued the warrant for her arrest and Blue was carted off to Porter County Jail.
“From the time she was transferred to the Porter County Jail, Ms. Blue regularly informed jail officials that they were holding the wrong person, however, no one took her seriously…,” the complaint states. Blue asserts that jail officials willfully held her even though it was obvious, based on information available to him and other jail officials, that there had been a mistaken identity.
It wasn’t until March 18 that Manteuffel met with sheriff’s officers and reviewed records, including video footage of the drug deals. After reviewing the footage that was in their possession from the beginning, Manteuffel “concluded Ms. Blue was not involved in the drug deals that led to her arrest and detention.”
Those charges were later dismissed on March 19 due to a case of “mistaken identity.”
Due to Blue’s false arrest and imprisonment by the Porter County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) she lost her job, her car, fell behind in her payments on her obligations and incurred mental and emotional distress. Blue is demanding “a declaratory judgment determining that the challenged actions of the defendants violate federal and state law” and “equitable relief requiring the defendants to take all reasonable measures to correct publicly-available records showing Ms. Blue’s illegal arrest and detention.”