Fla. shopper claims she was wrongly arrested

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 9:02 am

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Panhandle woman says she was unnecessarily arrested while shopping at a Walmart after Thanksgiving dinner.

An Escambia County sheriff's deputy said Antonia Angelena Bennett was fighting over a cellphone and told her to leave. When she refused, he wrestled her to the ground and arrested her. But 27-year-old Bennett says she didn't raise her voice until a deputy took the phone, threatened to use a stun gun on her if she didn't let go of the baby cart, hit her arm, threw her to the ground, kneed her in the back and handcuffed her.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Bennett said her baby was left alone as she was escorted away. A sheriff's spokesman said it appears the deputies acted within policy but they will review store videotape.

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