Former tenant's case against Centreville and alderwoman over eviction stalls

Amelia Flood Nov. 8, 2010, 12:46am

There has been no action since June in a suit filed against Centreville and Alderman Donna Myers by a woman who claims Myers abused her position and wrongfully evicted her.

The last filing in the suit brought by Tamika Morris was the defense answer to the plaintiff's amended complaint in June.

Morris is suing Myers and Centreville on behalf of herself and her children for damages in excess of $2 million and other relief.

Morris claims that Myers, her former landlord, wrongfully evicted her and her three children from an apartment she rented from Myers under a lease subject to the terms and conditions of the East St. Louis Housing Authority.

Morris claims that while the eviction was pending in St. Clair County Circuit Court, Myers filed false property damage charges and had Morris arrested by the Centreville Police Department in July

Morris claims she was arrested the same day she appeared in court to contest the eviction.

The eviction was thrown out in August.

The plaintiff contends that after she was released from custody, she found her children and all her family's personal possession put out of the home she rented from Myers and the locks changed.

Morris claims Myers conspired with Centreville to deprive her and her family of constitutional rights.

The defendants deny the claims.

Centreville had moved earlier this year to dismiss the case claiming that it had no control over Myers' actions as she is an elected official and not a city employee.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young presides.

Michael McGlynn represents the plaintiffs.

Carmen Durso represents the defendants.

The case is St. Clair case number 08-L-490.

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