Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Traffic Stop, Walk Lead to Complaint; Woman Says Officer Took Her License and Tag, Leaving Her Miles from Home at Night

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Traffic Stop, Walk Lead to Complaint; Woman Says Officer Took Her License and Tag, Leaving Her Miles from Home at Night

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Byline: DANA TREEN

Afraid and stranded on 103rd Street at night, a partially disabled Vivian Mallory said she struck out on a painful walk home while a Jacksonville police officer watched from across the street. Mallory had just lost her license and tag to the officer in what may have been a paperwork mistake.

Mallory, a 48-year-old nursing assistant on the way to a night shift, said she walked nearly a mile toward her house, hobbled by a leg with metal rods.

At a Wal-Mart parking lot, she said, she flagged down a cab that brought her home about midnight, nearly two hours after the March 15 traffic stop.

Mallory said she mailed a formal complaint to the Sheriff's Office against Officer James A. Jones, 45, a retired Marine who has nearly four years on the force.

Assistant Chief Tom Hackney, the police zone supervisor where Jones is assigned, said officers are instructed to offer a ride or wait until other assistance arrives.

"She would not be left in harm's way," Hackney said Thursday.

He said the investigation will determine what Jones was doing at the time.

"He is a conscientious officer," Hackney said.

Jones did not respond to a request for an interview by the Times-Union. Hackney said Jones would be advised not to talk because of the investigation.

Mallory said she was not only mistreated but there was no reason to issue the tickets for driving on a suspended license and failure to have proof of insurance. Her license was valid, her insurance was paid.

"It made me feel like a criminal," she said.

She said Jones took her license and tag and thumb-printed her before warning her not to drive. She said she was threatened with jail if she tried to drive away.

"He said he wished I would move the car so he'd have had all the rights to take me to jail," she said.

Mallory said she has a handicapped parking pass in her car, a 1998 Cadillac DeVille.

"I said, 'I can only go so far,' " she said.

While Mallory was calling a cab and waiting by her car, she said Jones pulled across the street and parked. She said the cab never arrived so she decided to walk toward home.

"He just watched me walk off," she said. …

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