Cornell Poe v. City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, et al.

Cornell Poe v. City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, et al.
W2017-00465-COA-R3-CV

A passenger on a Jackson Transit Authority bus was arrested as a result of an altercation with the driver; the arrest led to the passenger’s parole being revoked and his resulting incarceration. The passenger brought suit, asserting claims for slander and libel under the Tennessee Governmental Tort Liability Act and Tennessee Public Protection Act against the Transit Authority and certain of its employees, and the Mayor and various employees of the City of Jackson. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants, and this appeal followed. Upon our review, we have determined that the complaint fails to allege causes of action under the Governmental Tort Liability Act and the Public Protection Act, and that the causes of action asserted against the individual defendants are barred by the statute of limitations. Accordingly, we affirm the judgment of the trial court dismissing the case.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge Richard H. Dinkins
Originating Judge: 
Judge Kyle Atkins
Date Filed: 
Monday, June 11, 2018